Entry Level

Legal Researchers

Judicial Service Commission



  • Exp.: Min. 2 Years
  • Min. Education level: Bachelor's Degree
  • Specialism: Law
  • April 17, 2024

Vacancy Description


The Judicial Service Commission is established under Article 171 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, with a mandate of promoting and facilitating the independence and accountability of the Judiciary, and the efficient, effective and transparent Administration of Justice.

The Commission invites applications from suitable candidates to fill the positions of Legal Researchers in the Judiciary.

Job Reference Number : V/No.6/2024
Number of Posts: Eighty (80) Posts
Terms of Service : Three (3) year Contract renewable Subject to satisfactory performance

The Commission offers a competitive package in line with its Policies and Procedures.

Job Purpose:

A Legal Researcher is responsible to a Judge or Judicial Officer(s) in carrying out Research work for the Judges or Judicial Officer(s) performing the Judicial functions.

Reporting Responsibilities:

The job holder is responsible to a designated Honourable Judge or Judicial Officer.

Area of Deployment:

Court of Appeal, Office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, High Court Employment and Labour Relations Court, Environment and Land Court or Magistrate Courts within the Republic of Kenya.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

i. Analyzing pleadings and appreciating their tenor and effect;
ii. Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts;
iii. Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Courts;
iv. Collecting and collating all relevant authorities- those emanating from counsel and, any other relevant material;
v. Conducting extensive legal research and writing for the respective Judges and Judicial officers;
vi. Drafting bench memoranda and well-researched opinions on various legal and factual issues; and
vii. Preparing pre-trial and post-trial media summaries.

Job Requirements:

Academic and Professional Qualifications

For appointment to this grade, the applicant must have: –

i. Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from a recognized University
ii. Post graduate Diploma in Law
iii. Be an Advocate of the High Court with at least two (2) years post admission and a current practicing certificate.
iv. Membership to Law Society of Kenya
v. Proficiency in Computer applications


Be an advocate of High Court of Kenya of at least two (2) years post admission experience.

Job Core Competencies:

i. Oral & Written Communication Skills
ii. Excellent Conceptual & Analytical Skills
iii. Interpersonal Skills
iv. Report Writing Skills
v. Research Skills
vi. High attention to detail
vii. Sound independent judgement

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Application Guidelines

Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications by: -

  1. Filling an Online Application Employment Form available at the Judiciary jobs portal
  2. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application: -
    1. A letter of application;
    2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as past employment record (if any), community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity (if any), past and present and legal professional engagement;
    3. Names of three (3) professional references and two (2) character references who can verify and comment about the applicant’s past and present employment or engagement.
    4. Copy of admission certificate to the roll of advocates, copies of testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts(mandatory),
    5. Applicant’s recent colored passport size photograph
    6. Five (5) samples of any professional writings, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored.

Appointed candidates will be required to submit valid copies of clearance certificates from the following bodies;-

● Kenya Revenue Authority
● Higher Education Loans Board
● Directorate of Criminal Investigation
● Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
● A recognized Credit Reference Bureau; and
● Clearance from relevant professional body.

Applicants MUST take note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application and the same will be verified by relevant bodies.

The application must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 17th APRIL, 2024 AT 5.00PM

Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted. Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.

The Judicial Service Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition from the widest range of eligible candidates.

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