Justice Koome, advocate Mwikali in DCJ interview

Justice Koome, advocate Mwikali in DCJ interview

The search for the Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) to replace Kalpana Rawal, who retired upon achieving the Constitutional age of 70 years, enters day four Thursday, September 29.

The two candidates lined up for Thursday’s interview are Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome and Pamela Mwikali Tutui.

Justice Koome appears before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interview panel at 9:00 am while Mwikali appears at 2:00 pm.

Justice Koome holds an LL.B. from the University of Nairobi and an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of London.

Justice Koome was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal in January 2012. Prior to the appointment to the Court of Appeal, she served as Puine Judge for over eight years and practiced law for 15 years.

She has twenty six years’ experience, both as a legal practitioner and a Judge of the High Court and as Judge of The Court of Appeal.

She began her legal career in private practice in 1988, where she succeeded in running one of the most successful women law firms at the time.

While in private practice, Justice Koome distinguished herself as a defender of Human Rights concentrating specifically on Gender Rights. She represented political detainees and persons charged with politically instigated offences during the volatile period of one party rule.

She was one of the lawyers who actively participated in the clamor for the repeal of Section 2A of the Constitution and for the independence of the Judiciary.


Ms Pamela Mwikali Tutui is a Managing Partner with Cootow and Associates Advocates and Head of Conveyance, Corporate Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Division.

She attended the University of Nairobi between 1979-1982, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Between 1982 and 1983, Tutui was at the Kenya School of Law where she obtained a postgraduate diploma in Legal Education Service.

She was admitted to the roll of Advocates in 1983 and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London in 2005.