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  • Posted: Mar 10, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The Judiciary is one of the three State organs established under Chapter 10, Article 159 of the Constitution of Kenya. It establishes the Judiciary as an independent custodian of justice in Kenya. Its primary role is to exercise judicial authority given to it, by the people of Kenya. The institution is mandated to deliver justice in line with the Constitut...
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    Law Clerk

    No of Positions: 14

    Job Grade LC

    Job Reference Number: V/No. 2/2020

    Terms of Service: Three (3) years contract – Renewable subject to satisfactory performance

    Gross Salary Scale: Kshs. 180,000 – 324,000 p.m.

    Job Purpose: Under the general direction of the Judge, the position holder will research on precedent setting authorities within varied jurisdictions both within and outside of the Commonwealth and present findings with sound written arguments in light of academic legal literature and case law. The holder will also draft well planned legal briefs on a variety of legal issues touching on different branches of law.

    Reporting Responsibilities: Reports to Judge

    Area of Deployment: Supreme Court of Kenya

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Examining pleadings and fully apprehending their tenor and effect;
    • Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts below;
    • Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Supreme Court and the lower Courts;
    • Bringing together all relevant authorities – those emanating from counsel and, any other relevant materials;
    • Conducting extensive legal research and writing for the respective Judges of the Supreme Court
    • Drafting bench memoranda and well-researched opinions on various legal issues; and
    • Preparing pre-trial and post-trial media summaries

    Job Requirements: Academic and Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from a recognized university;
    • Be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with current practicing certificate;
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Law;
    • Member of the Law Society of Kenya;
    • Proficiency in computer applications; and
    • Must possess the qualifications set out in chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya

    Experience:

    Six (6) years post admission practicing experience or six (6) years of extensive legal research in a relevant legal field

    Job Core Competencies:

    • Oral & Written Communication Skills
    • Excellent Conceptual & Analytical Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Report Writing Skills
    • Research Skills
    • High attention to detail
    • Sound independent judgement

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    Legal Researcher

    No of Positions: 158

    Job Grade LR

    Job Reference Number: V/No. 4/2020

    Terms of Service: Three (3) years contract – Renewable subject to satisfactory performance

    Gross Salary Scale: Kshs. 123,750 – 190,000 p.m.

    Job Purpose: Under the general direction of the Judge, the position holder will research on precedent setting authorities within varied jurisdictions both within and outside of the Commonwealth and present findings with sound written arguments in light of academic legal literature and case law. The holder will also draft well planned legal briefs on a variety of legal issues touching on different branches of law.

    Reporting Responsibilities: Reports to Judge

    Area of Deployment: Court of Appeal, High Court, Environment and Land Court, Employment and Labour Relations Court

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Analyzing pleadings and appreciating their tenor and effect;
    • Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts;
    • Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Courts;
    • Collecting and collating all relevant authorities- those emanating from counsel and, any other relevant material;
    • Conducting extensive legal research and writing for the respective Judges and Judicial officers;
    • Drafting bench memoranda and well-researched opinions on various legal and factual issues; and
    • Preparing pre-trial and post-trial media summaries.

    Job Requirements: Academic and Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from a recognized university;
    • Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with current practicing certificate;
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Law;
    • Member of the Law Society of Kenya;
    • Proficiency in computer applications; and
    • Must possess the qualifications set out in chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya

    Experience:

    Must be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with at least two (2) years post-qualification experience

    Job Core Competencies:

    • Oral & Written Communication Skills
    • Excellent Conceptual & Analytical Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Report Writing Skills
    • Research Skills
    • High attention to detail
    • Sound independent judgement

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    Senior Legal Researchers

    No of Positions: 30

    Job Grade SLR

    Job Reference Number: V/No. 3/2020

    Terms of Service: Three (3) years contract – Renewable subject to satisfactory performance

    Gross Salary Scale: Kshs. 180,000 – 324,000 p.m.

    Job Purpose: Under the general direction of the Judge, the position holder will research on precedent setting authorities within varied jurisdictions both within and outside of the Commonwealth and present findings with sound written arguments in light of academic legal literature and case law. The holder will also draft well planned legal briefs on a variety of legal issues touching on different branches of law.

    Reporting Responsibilities: Reports to Judge

    Area of Deployment: Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment and Labor Relations Court, Environment and Land Court

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Analyzing pleadings and appreciating their tenor and effect;
    • Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts;
    • Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Courts;
    • Collecting and collating all relevant authorities- those emanating from counsel and, any other relevant material;
    • v. Conducting extensive legal research and writing for the respective Judges and Judicial officers;
    • Drafting bench memoranda and well-researched opinions on various legal and factual issues; and
    • Preparing pre-trial and post-trial media summaries.

    Job Requirements: Academic and Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from a recognized university;
    • Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with current practicing certificate;
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Law;
    • Member of the Law Society of Kenya;
    • Proficiency in computer applications; and
    • Must possess the qualifications set out in chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya Experience:
    • Must have served in the grade of Legal Researcher, or its equivalent position for at least three (3) years

    OR

    Must be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of at least six (6) years of standing

    Job Core Competencies:

    • Oral & Written Communication Skills
    • Excellent Conceptual & Analytical Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Report Writing Skills
    • Research Skills
    • High attention to detail
    • Sound independent judgement

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications by filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the JSC jobs portal: jobs.judiciary.go.ke.

    Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application: –

    • A letter of application;
    • A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as past employment record (if any), community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity (if any), past and present and legal / professional engagement;
    • Names of three (3) professional references and two (2) character references who can verify and comment about the applicant’s past and present employment or engagement;
    • Certified copies of admission certificate to the roll of advocates, testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts;
    • Applicant’s recent coloured passport size photographs (2 No.); and
    • Five (5) samples of any professional writings, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored.

    Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit valid copies of clearance certificates from the following bodies during the interview: –

    • Kenya Revenue Authority,
    • Higher Education Loans Board,
    • Directorate of Criminal Investigation,
    • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission,
    • a recognized Credit Reference Bureau, and
    • Clearance from relevant professional body.

    Applicants MUST take note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application and the same will be verified by relevant bodies.

    The application must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 13TH MARCH, 2020 AT 5.00PM

    Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.

    Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.

    Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements should apply.

    Serving Law Clerks and Legal Researchers who wish to convert to the new structure are encouraged to apply.

    The Judicial Service Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition from the widest range of eligible candidates.

    THE SECRETARY
    JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION
    P.O. BOX 40048 – 00100 NAIROBI

    Telephone: +254 20-2739180

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Commission Secretariat: Reinsurance Plaza, Taifa Road, Nairobi CBD, Podium Floor

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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