The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has extended the deadline for receiving applications for the position of Chief Justice from Thursday, July 7 to Friday July 8, 2016 at 5pm.
The one day extension of deadline is occasioned by the Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holiday falling on Thursday, that would disadvantage applicants by shortening the application period by a day.
CJ position fell vacant following the retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga on June 16, 2016.
”The extension does not apply to the posts of Deputy Chief Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court whose deadline is Wednesday, July 6, 2016,” a statement by Judiciary Chief Registrar and JSC Secretary Anne Amadi said.
An applicant for the Chief Justice position is required to have been a judge of the High Court or Court of Appeal for 15 years.
Those with 15 years experience of practice in Kenya or in any other country with a common law jurisdiction or Commonwealth country with a common-law jurisdiction are also eligible, besides other requirements listed in the advertisement.
“The JSC would like to assure applicants that the Commission is an equal opportunity employer and that the candidates will be selected on merit through a fair and open process,” she said on Tuesday evening.
However reports indicate that as at Tuesday 5 July, 2016 JSC had only received one CJ application, prompting it to extend the application period.