Lady Justice Martha Koome is on the verge of making history as Kenya’s first female Chief Justice (CJ).
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday, April 27 recommended her to succeed David Maraga.
JSC vice-chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda said that all the Commission’s members unanimously endorsed the recommendation. They have subsequently submitted her name to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment.
“After lengthy deliberations and careful consideration of the performance of various candidates the JSC has unanimously recommended the appointment of Hon Koome Martha Karabu as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and has submitted her name to the President for appointment,” said Prof. Olive Mugenda.
Rich legal history
Born in 1960 in Meru County, Lady Justice Koome was admitted to the roll of advocates in 1987 soon after completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Law at the Kenya School of Law.
The judge, who boasts of 33 years experience in the legal profession, holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi (1998), and a Master of Laws from the University of London (2010).
Koome was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012. She was then an Appellate court judge in Nairobi, and had previous stints at the same court in Nyeri and Malindi.
She has served as a High Court Judge (2003 – 2011) as indicated below:
a) Head of Land and Environment Division of the High Court in Nairobi
b) Resident Judge, High Court in Nakuru & Kitale
c) High Court in Nairobi (Commercial Division & Family Division)
Koome was the Managing Partner at Martha Koome & Company Advocates (1993 -2003) and Legal Associate at Mathenge & Muchemi Advocates (1988–1992).