The Judicial Service Commission has been dealt a major blow in its plan to select a suitable candidate to be appointed as Kenya’s next Chief Justice as well as those to fill the Supreme Court.

This is after the High Court issued orders stopping the judicial body from conducting the planned interviews for Judge of the Supreme court pending the hearing of petitions filed by 4 people.

At the same time, the court also stopped JSC from deliberating on the choice of Chief Justice after the ongoing interviews end on Friday.

The order was given by Justices Anthony Mrima, Reuben Nyakundi and Wilfrida Okwany in the petitions which were filed by Tolphin Nafula, Philip Muchiri Damaris Wakiuru and Memba Ocharo.

The interviews for the Supreme Court judge were to begin next week.

According to the High Court, the petition raised weighty matters with some touchng on the legality of the ongoing process which the judges were worth consideration.

JSC is in the process of interviewing 10 candidates who were shortlisted as suitable candidates to head the Judiciary. So far, seven candidates have already appeared before the panel.