David Maraga allows media coverage of judges’ interviews
After a great uproar from various lawyers that the Chief Justice David Maraga was going against the constitution by not allowing media coverage of the judges’ interviews, the press has been granted a pass.
Therefore, the public will now be able to follow the interviews of the 35 candidates who are looking to be judges at the Court of Appeal.
On Monday, Justice Maraga barred the media from covering the live proceedings due to limited space.
“Owing to the limited boardroom space, live coverage will not be permissible. The media may however take photos at the beginning of every interview,” a statement sent to the media houses read.
Various lawyers faulted Justice Maraga of going against article 10 of the constitution. The section requires transparency and accountability in the implementation of public policy decisions.
“The interviews must be transparent, open and in public. That they are now doing it in an opaque and closed-door forum, invalidates the entire process. It’s illegal,” Senior Counsel and former JSC commissioner, Ahmednasir Abdullahi said.
Constitutional lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike on the other hand questioned why the JSC could not procure a bigger space yet they had enough resources.
The JSC interviews are scheduled for June 17 and July 1, 2019. Only 11 people will be selected from the 35 candidates who consist of High Court and Labour Court judges and qualified lawyers.