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|Case Number:||Miscellaneous Application 171 of 2011|
|Parties:||LAWRENCE B KEITANY v RETIREMENT BENEFITS TRIBUNAL & another|
|Date Delivered:||20 Dec 2011|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||Weldon Kipyegon Korir|
|Citation:||LAWRENCE B KEITANY v RETIREMENT BENEFITS TRIBUNAL & another  eKLR|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY LAWRENCE B KEITANY FOR LEAVE TO APPLY FOR A ORDER OF CERTIORARI AND MANDAMUS
THE TRUSTEES OF KENYA POWER & LIGHTING ……INTERESTED PARTY STAFF RETIREMENT BENEFIT SCHEME
Lawrence B Keitany (the applicant) through the chamber summons dated 18th July, 2011 seeks the court’s leave to institute judicial review proceedings for issuance of orders of Certiorari and Mandamus against the Retirement Benefits Tribunal (the 1st respondent) and the Attorney General (the 2nd respondent). The interested party is named as the Trustees of Kenya Power and Lighting Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme.
The decision by this court to have the application for leave to be heard inter-partes was based on the proviso to Rule 1 of Order 53 of the Civil Procedure Rules, 2010 which states that:-
“Provided that where the circumstances so require, the judge may direct that the application be served for hearing inter-partes before grant of leave. Provided further that where the circumstances so require the judge may direct that the question of leave and whether grant of leave shall operate as stay may be heard and determined separately within seven days.”
Prior to the introduction of this proviso by the Civil procedure Rules, 2010 an application for leave to institute judicial review proceedings was to be made ex-parte.
In commenting about the grant of leave ex-parte, the Court of Appeal in the case of AGA KHAN EDUCATION SERVICE KENYA VS. REPUBLIC EXPARTE ALI SEIF (2004) eKLR observed that:-
1. THAT the Applicant Lawrence B Keitany be granted leave to apply for an order of certiorari to quash the decision of the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal dated 23rd June, 2011.
2. THAT the Applicant Lawrence B Keitany be granted leave to apply for an order of Mandamus to compel the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal to decide the case in accordance with the Trust Deed and Rules.
“Courts of law may therefore intervene through judicial review in any of the following circumstances:-
In the case before me the ex-parte applicant claims the 1st respondent reached a decision without takings into account the interested party’s Trust Deed and Rules. At this stage I need not go into the ex-parte applicant’s case in detail. The claim by the applicant is that the 1st respondent reached a decision without taking into account a relevant matter namely the interested party’s Trust Deed and Rules. That is an issue that calls for this court’s intervention by way of judicial review. In the circumstances leave is granted to the ex-parte applicant to seek orders by way of judicial review in the terms of his application dated 18th July, 2011 and filed in court on 21st July, 2011. The applicant to file and serve the substantive notice of motion within 15 days from the date of the beginning of the new term. The matter will be mentioned on 12th February, 2012 for further directions.
Dated and signed at Nairobi this 20th day December, 2011
W. K .KORIR