Chairperson

Hon. Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu

 

Hon. Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu, Court of Appeal Judge has been a member of the Kenya Women Judges Association for many years during which she has also served in various posts of the Executive Committee as the Treasurer, the Vice Chair Person and now she serves as the Chairperson.

Lady Justice Okwengu is a graduate with Honors in Law (LLB Honors) from the University of Nairobi, a Master in Law (LLM) from Queen Mary University of London. She also has a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law.
Professionally she has moved through the ranks in the Judiciary. Previously, she served as a:

  • Resident Magistrate (1983-1999)
  • Assistant Director – Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority (1999-2001)
  • Chief Magistrate (2002-2003)
  • High Court Judge (2003-2011)

Since 2011, she has been and still is rendering service to the Judiciary at the Appellate Court as a Judge

Vice Chairperson

Hon. Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit

Hon. Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit left the Kenya School of Law in 1982. She has spent a total of 34 years in the Judiciary during which she continues to play a big role in the enactment of various laws in the country.
In 1995, she was a Joint Secretary of the Task Force that looked into the Laws relating to Auctioneers, Court brokers, Bailiffs and related activities and in 1998 she was a Joint Secretary of the Committee on the Administration of Justice which was chaired by Mr. Justice (Retired) Richard Kwach.
She has she has rendered sterling service to the Government and people of Kenya through

  • Chairing National Committees including: the Auctioneers Licensing Board, the National Council on the Community Service Orders and the Bail and Bond Implementation Committee and Tribunal tasked to look into the conduct of a Puisne Judge.
  • Heading inaugural Courts: the Autonomous Traffic Court Nairobi in 1988 and the Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrates Court in Kenya in April, 2002.
  • She has contributed immensely to Jurisprudence that influenced the enactment of the Mutual Legal Assistance Act and also in the strengthening of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Court through Constitutional Petitions heard solely by her and others in which she was the Presiding Judge
  • She has been a member of various Task Forces and Technical Committees which helped create the Sentencing Policy Guidelines, the Active Case Management Guidelines and has been involved in the Training of Judicial Staff in matters of Criminal Law including Sexual Offences and Gender Based Violence, matters touching on Children Sentencing and Bail and Bond Principles.

Treasurer

Lady Justice Lydia Achode

 

Lady Justice Lydia Achode’s career began on the bench as a District Magistrate II (Prof.) at the Kericho Law Courts in 1986. Two years later she was promoted to the post of Resident Magistrate – Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi where she served in this capacity from 1988 to 1994.
In 1994 she was transferred to Mombasa Law Court as a Senior Resident Magistrate. While there, her hard work and due diligence were again recognized and led to her promotion to Principle Magistrate in the year 2000 and to Senior Principal Magistrate in 2004. In the same year she was appointed as the Chief Court Administrator.
In September, 2011, Lady Justice Achode was appointed to the bench as a Judge of the High Court. Prior to her appointment to the Bench she was the Registrar of the High Court of Kenya.
In January, 2016, Chief justice Willy Mutunga appointed Lady Justice Achode as the deputy judge of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court which was established on December 11, 2015.
Justice Lydia A. Achode is experienced in the areas of Civil and Criminal Law and Procedure, Commercial Litigation, Taxation Law, as well as Gender and Family Law having routinely adjudicated on these areas of law for a period spanning over twenty years.
Among the many feathers on her hat she serves as the Treasurer of the Kenya Women Judges Association, a role she plays as diligently as ever.
Her key competencies include; integrity, ethics, leadership, teamwork, training, recognition, communication and continuous improvement.

Vice Treasurer

Irene Marcia Kahuya

Irene Marcia Kahuya holds a Master of Laws from the University of Haifa having obtained the same in the year 2016. She received her Undergraduate in Law from Moi University, Kenya in the year 2006. Thereafter, she joined the Kenya School of Law and obtained a Diploma in Law in the year 2007 and was admitted into the Roll of Advocates in 2008 and joined the Kenya Judiciary in June 2010, as a District Magistrate (II) Professional and has since risen through the ranks within a span of five years.

Currently she is a Senior Resident Magistrate stationed at Machakos Law Courts and the current Vice- Treasurer of the Kenya Women Judges Association and has worked closely with other stakeholders in upholding basic human rights for all that appear before her.

Secretary

Hon. Christine Njagi

 

Hon Christine Njagi is a Resident Magistrate serving at the Milimani Law Courts, Criminal Division.
She was employed into the Judiciary in 2013 and has served at the Kwale Law Courts where she has been engaged in various Corporate Social Responsibility activities that have benefited both her and the community she serves. She has passion for children and gender issues and, together with her colleagues from the Kwale Law Courts, has been involved in delivering sanitary towels, baby cots, soaps, slippers, food, toys and personal effects to the Kwale GK Men and Women Prisons and the Children’s home.

Hon Njagi is an environmentalist and has been continuously involved in tree planting and activities that support environmental conservation and protection. As she strives to uphold the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals she combines these two passions to ensure that the environment is conserved and that women and children also have access to clean and healthy environments.
She has also attended Court User Committees where by joint effort communities have been sensitized on issues of gender, sexual based violence and children rights. She encourages children, women and men to also know their rights by distributing copies of the Constitution and sensitizing them on their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Hon. Njagi is a member of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association and is currently the Vice Secretary of the Kenya Women Judge’s Association.
Last but not least, she loves the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour.

Vice Secretary

Hon. Sharon Mwayuli

Hon. Sharon Mwayuli is a Resident Magistrate, currently deployed as a Deputy Registrar at the Judicial Review & Constitutional and Human Rights Divisions of the High Court in Milimani.
She was admitted to the bar in 2009 having completed her undergraduate and post graduate diploma in law at Moi University and The Kenya School of Law respectively.
Before joining the bench, she had over five years cumulative volunteer experience in civil society working on projects that focus on Human Rights, Development, Gender, Youth and Women programming.
She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Gender and Development studies at The University of Nairobi and serves as the Vice Secretary at the Association.

Member of Executive Committee

Hon. Jacqueline Kamau

Hon. Lady Justice Jacqueline Kamau has been an astute member of the Kenya Women Judges Association. She was admitted to the bar as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1993. After admission she practiced law at the firm of M/S Mereka & Co Advocates before joining Madison Insurance Company in 1995 where she worked as an Assistant Legal Officer for 5 years.
During her private practice, she studied and graduated with a Master of Sociology degree.

She has provided excellent leadership and service in various capacities such as being:
the immediate Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (K) Kenya prior to joining the Judiciary
the current Chair of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA-Coast Region)
a Chartered Arbitrator in Kenya and an accredited tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (K) Kenya and its headquarters in London, UK.
a member of the Conciliation panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) that was established pursuant to the ICSID Convention
a member of the Integrated Court Management Committee that is charged with the responsibility of automating the Kenya Judiciary and that of the Mediation Committee

She is currently the Presiding Judge of the High Court of Kenya based at Voi in the Taita Taveta County, Coast Region.

Member of Executive Committee

Hon. Elizabeth Juma

 

Hon. Elizabeth Juma is a Senior Principal Magistrate at the Kibera Law Courts. She holds a Bachelor of Laws – LLB Degree and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws – LLM Degree.
Her legal career began when she was admitted to the bar of advocates in 1997 after which she practiced as an advocate for 7 years. She thereafter joined the Judiciary and has served as a Magistrate for 12 years.
Hon. Juma is a steadfast Christian and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.