Chief Justice Maraga Named  2017 Jurist of the Year

By David Indeje / Published December 12, 2017 | 7:55 am



Chief Justice Maraga Named  2017 Jurist of the Year

Chief Justice David Maraga is the winner of the 2017 Jurist of the Year award.

David Kenani Maraga is a Lawyer and a jurist and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya. He is the 14th Chief Justice of Kenya, was feted by the local chapter of the International Commission of Jurists on Monday night.

Maraga was recognised recognized for his dedication to upholding democracy, justice and the rule of law and as an independent-minded and hardworking Judge who performs his work with diligence and determination.

While accepting the honour, Maraga  called upon the Judiciary to be steadfast and not look the other way when liberties are trampled.

“The Kenyan Judiciary, all arms of Government and CSOs must advance constitutionalism. We shall not be blind to human rights abuses. Constitutions need constitutionalists to survive. We must all do more to turn the wheels of justice,” he said.

Chief Justice David Maraga receiving his JOYA Award from Retired Chief Justice Earnest Sakala of the Republic of Zambia

The Jurist of the Year Award (JOYA) is an annual award that seeks to acknowledge, recognize, and encourage outstanding jurists who have consistently, fearlessly and impartially contributed to the promotion of the rule of law and human rights in Kenya during the year. The award has been conferred every 10th December each from 1993 to commemorate and honor the United Nations International Human Rights Day.

“JOYA is an ICJ Kenya long time tradition which has been held since 1993. It has seen men and women who have demonstrated distinguished service to humanity awarded for the work they have do throughout the year,” said Kelvin Mogeni, ICJ Kenya Chairman.

Chief Justice David Maraga was also among the top 100 most influential Africans according to The New African Magazine.

CJ Maraga, who made a landmark ruling in September by nullifying the August 8 presidential election was featured as the 6th most influential person in Politics and Public Service after the King of Morocco Mohammed VI.

The CJ  was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 1978, and has served as judge of Kenya’s two Superior Courts for about 13 years.

He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree from the University of Nairobi; a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the same institution and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law.




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