Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu’s nomination hit many by surprise as she was never among the most likely nominees many had in mind. She beat 14 other candidates, mostly her colleagues from the Court of Appeal to emerge as the best candidate for the DCJ position.
Mwilu will succeed retired justice Kalpana Rawal as the third Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice, if appointed.
Colleagues described the Court of Appeal judge as competent and a team player. They said she is approachable and with good negotiation skills.
According to her CV Justice Mwilu graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
She has very rich experience in law having practised law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates.
She also worked as a senior legal manager at Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd from June 1991 to April 1997 and later a board secretary at the Electricity Regulatory board between 1999 and 2001.
She has served as the deputy chairperson of the Energy Tribunal between 2006 – 2007. In 2012, she was appointed the head of the Environment and Land Division of the High Court and in November of the same year, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal.
In a statement, the JSC panel, through its chair, Prof Margaret Kobia, said: “Today, 10th October 2016, the Judicial Service Commission has finalized the process of evaluation of various candidates interviewed for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice.”
“The JSC has, after lengthy deliberations, recommended Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu for appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice and the name has been submitted to His Excellency the President.”
Source: The Star