HON. LADY JUSTICE LYDIA AWINO ACHODE

Justice Achode was born on the 25th June, 1962.

On 26th January, 2016, Justice Lydia A. Achode was appointed by Chief justice Willy Mutunga as the deputy judge of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court. The division was established on December 11, 2015.

On September 6, 2011, Justice Achode was appointed to the bench as a Judge of the High Court. Prior to her appointment to the Bench she was the Registrar of the High Court of Kenya.

Prior to this she had been the Chief Court Administrator having been appointed to that position in the year 2004.

She began her career on the bench as a District Magistrate II (Prof.) at the Kericho Law Courts in 1986 and was promoted two years later to the post of Resident Magistrate.

She was posted at Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi where she served in this capacity from 1988 to 1994.

In 1994 she was transferred to Mombasa Law Court as a Senior Resident Magistrate having been promoted. While there, her hard work and due diligence were again recognized when she was promoted to Principle Magistrate in the year 2000 and to Senior Principal Magistrate 2004.

Justice Lydia A. Achode is experienced in the areas of Civil and Criminal Law and Procedure, Commercial Litigation, Taxation Law, as well as Gender and Family Law having routinely adjudicated on these areas of law as magistrate for a period spanning over twenty years.

Her key competencies include; integrity, ethics, leadership, teamwork, training, recognition, communication and continuous improvement.

HON MR. JUSTICE WILLIAM OUKO PRESIDENT, COURT OF APPEAL

Justice William Ouko is the current President of the Court of Appeal of Kenya. He was elected by his colleagues on 9th March, 2018 to replace the Hon. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, whose term had come to an end and was subsequently appointed the Attorney General of Kenya.

Born on 21st November 1962, Mr. Justice Ouko joined the judicial service in 1987 as District Magistrate II (Professional) rising to become a Deputy Registrar of the High Court in 1989. Later in 1997, he was promoted to serve as the first Chief Court Administrator of the Judiciary.

Mr. Justice Ouko rose to become the Accounting Officer for the Judiciary after he was appointed to the position of Registrar of the High Court in 2002. During this period, Justice Ouko served as Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission and Secretary to the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR). He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2004, and as a Court of Appeal Judge, in 2012.

Besides serving as a Judge, Hon. Ouko served as member of the Delinking Committee of the Judiciary, East African Judicial Education Committee, Government of Kenya Technical Committee on the Implementation of Legal Sector Reform Programme and the Reform and Development Committee of the Judiciary.

He served as Joint Secretary to the Presidential Committee appointed to inquire into Terms and Conditions of Service of the Judiciary (Kotut Committee), Committee on the Administration of Justice (Kwach Committee) and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg affair.

He chaired the Judiciary Service Staff Regulations Committee, the Task Force on the Judiciary Staff Superannuation Scheme, Task Force on the Judicial Reforms, Judiciary Transformation Programme Implementation Steering Committee, Court of Appeal Strategic Plan Committee, Court of Appeal Case Management Committee, Committee on Pauper Briefs and Pro Bono Services, the Judiciary Training and Development Policy Committee.

Further, he was chair to the Inter-ministerial Committee on the Judges’ Retirement Benefits and the Court of Appeal Bar – Bench / Court Users Committee and vice chair of the Technical Committee to develop a criminal procedure Bench Book.

Mr Justice Ouko holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MACJ), Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law. He attended Senior Management Course training at Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA), Administration of Courts in the USA and the Judicial Administration at the Royal Institute of Public Administration UK, Good Governance and Accountability in Washington International Management Institute (WIMI), USA.

ANNE ATIENO AMADI

Anne Atieno Amadi, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University, USA, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law.

She holds two other Post Graduate Diplomas, one in Alternative Dispute Resolution from California State University and another in Law of Internal Displacement from the Institute of International Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy.

She joined the judicial service as a District Magistrate II (Prof.) in 1990 and rose through the ranks to become a Resident Magistrate before joining private legal practice as Sole proprietor at A. A. Amadi & Co. Advocates between 1997 and 2003.

Mrs Amadi served at Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA) as Deputy Executive Director between 2003 and 2008 and as the National Coordinator of National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme (NALEAP), Ministry of Justice National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, between 2008 and 2011. Until her appointment as the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, she was working as a Consultant.

DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE PHILOMENA MBETE MWILU

Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 37 years experience in the legal profession and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a Masters of Law degree from the University of Nairobi. She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.

She was in private legal practice in various law firms in Nairobi for the first seven years following her admission to the Bar. Thereafter she ventured into the corporate world working as a Senior Legal Officer in insurance; Board Secretary in charge of the day-to-day running of a State Corporation in regulation; the Deputy Chairperson of the Energy Tribunal; and later as Director on the Board of the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company before being appointed a Puisne Judge in 2007.

Lady Justice Mwilu first served in the Commercial Division of the High Court in Nairobi and later the High Court in Eldoret. She was later transferred to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and subsequently headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court. In November 2012, following a competitive selection process, Lady Justice Mwilu was elevated to the Court of Appeal where she served as a Judge of Appeal until her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice, taking the Oath of Office on 28th October 2016. On 3rd May 2017 she was elected by her colleague judges of the Supreme Court to represent them as a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission. Upon appointment by the Honourable the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu also serves as the Judiciary Ombudsman and the Chair of the Implementation Monitoring Committee of the Sustaining Judiciary Transformation (SJT): A Service Delivery Agenda 2017 – 2021, the Honourable the Chief Justice’s five year strategic blueprint for the institution.

In the discharge of her social responsibility, Lady Justice Mwilu has passionately role-modeled for the girl child and has actively mentored many girls and boys in secondary schools across the Republic of Kenya by visiting their schools and giving much needed guidance. She has actively participated in church events, including assisting in the construction of churches, as well as in charity events. For her service to society, the Deputy Chief Justice was decorated on 11th April 2017 by the Head of State, H. E. Uhuru Kenyatta with the award of Moran of the Golden Heart.

HON. DAVID MARAGA