Kenya Lawyers,Judges to wear studs and dreadlocks in court-CJ
Kenyan new Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga now says lawyers and judges may wear studs and dreadlocks in court.
Mutunga posted his statement on his official Facebook page following questions on strict dress code for judicial officers.
“Over the last week, I have received questions on Facebook and Twitter by young lawyers about my position on studs and the dress code in Kenyan courts,” the CJ posts in his Facebook page.
“At this point, I can say that the Judges of the Supreme Court have agreed that we have no issues with anyone appearing before the Supreme Court, wearing their studs. Our position is that as long as officers of the court – both lawyers and judges can appear smart, a stud – or indeed dreadlocks – should not hinder the administration of justice,” Mutunga further says.
The CJ said that at the Supreme Court wearing the colonial wigs and robes will be dropped.
“We will encourage the Court of Appeal and the High Court to review the dress code there. We will dialogue with them and the LSK and we expect the public to participate in the debate,” says Mutunga.
The move is set to put the new CJ in the spotlight from conservative groups in Kenya that are against the stud. The church was very critical when Judicial Service Commission forwarded Mutuga’s name for appointment. The church was opposed to the stud.
The new move will set Mutunga apart as a CJ who treads in murky waters and set Kenyans mindset beyond dresscode to matters of reforming the judiciary.