Justice Nicholas Miviri has been sworn in today as an Acting Judge of the National & Supreme Court for a period of twelve months. This is his second term as an Acting Judge of the country’s High Courts.
Justice Miviri swore his oath of office before Governor General Sir Bob Dadae at Government House today.
According to Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Justice Miviri’s performance during his first term as an Acting Judge has been exemplary, with the Judicial Appointments Committee reappointing him for another 12 month term.
By law, this will be Justice Miviri’s final term as an Acting Judge of the High Courts, as acting judges can only serve for two terms.
Justice Miviri’s appointment as an Acting Judge brings the number of serving judges to 43.
Sir Salamo has also hinted at two more appointments to the country’s High Courts later this year – this follows the recent resignation of Senior Judge Justice Bernard Sakora, as well the impending retirement of another Senior Judge later this year.
Currently, the budgetary ceiling allows for a maximum of 42 judges to serve in the country’s High Courts – this figure does not include the acting Judges.
However, the Chief Justice is of the view that with current workloads, this ceiling should be increased in the coming years so that Justice can be dispensed efficiently.