The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has shortlisted six names out of 14 applicants for the position of Chief Justice.
The six candidates are Justices Alnashir Visram, Smokin Wanjala, Roselyne N. Nambuye, David Maraga, Mbogholi Msagha, and Nzamba Kitonga.
Outspoken US-based law scholar and columnist Makau Mutua and former anti-corruption commission chairman Aaron Ringera were some of the big names that failed to make the shortlist for the position of Chief Justice.
Retired Justice Ringera led a radical surgery of the Judiciary in 2013, which saw 23 out of 45 Court of Appeal and High Court judges as well as 82 out of 244 magistrates sacked. He is currently a judge at the East African Court of Justice.
Others who failed to make it are Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang, Mr David Mwaure Waihiga, Dr Isaac Rutenberg, Ms Lucy Wanja Julius, Mr Kongani Udoto Kongani, Paul Andrew and Mr Daniel Wambura.
Mr Waihiga is a practising lawyer in Nairobi while Mr Wambura is principal administrative secretary in the office of the Deputy President.
Dr Ruttenberg, on the other hand, teaches at Strathmore University School of Law while Ms Julius is a practising lawyer and a member of the Commission for University Education.
In a statement to newsrooms on Tuesday, JSC said it had reviewed the applications received for the position for completeness and conformity with the constitutional and statutory requirements, the JSC Act and criteria outlined in the advertisement for the post.
On Wednesday, the JSC will shortlist applicants for Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) and on the following day for the position of Supreme Court judge.
The JSC has received 15 applications for the DCJ position and 21 for Supreme Court judge.
The number of application documents was so high that they had to be carried in five crates, a box and a briefcase.