Justice Wanjala was born on 22nd June 1960. He is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya since 2011. Between 2011 and 2016, he was a member of the Judicial Service Commission and Chairman of the Commission’s Human Resources and Administration Committee.
Justice Wanjala is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B, Hons.) from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law, a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Columbia University, New York and a Doctorate in Law (Ph.D.) from the University of Ghent, Belgium.
Before his appointment to the Supreme Court of Kenya, Justice Wanjala served as a Law Lecturer and later, Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi for twenty (20) years (1986-2004). While still lecturing at the University of Nairobi, he served as the Joint Secretary to the Commission on Illegally and Irregularly Acquired Public Land (the Ndung’u Commission) in 2003. He is credited with having overseen the compilation and writing of what has become popularly known as the Ndung’u Report. Justice Wanjala was the first Chairman of the Public Complaints Committee on the Environment (PCC) which is one of the Compliance Committees of the National Environment and Management Authority-NEMA (2002-2004).
He was appointed as Assistant Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) in October 2004, where he served in that capacity until 2009.
He has many publications to his credit including books and articles in the fields of Law, Human Rights, and Governance. He has published locally and internationally. Apart from his accomplishments in academia as a Law Teacher and Author, Justice Wanjala has participated in major research projects leading to the compilation and production of seminal reports.
Justice Wanjala is one of the four founder members of the Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION) where they pioneered Civic Education in the Country. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ-Kenya Chapter and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences. He has recently delivered lectures at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) during the Institution’s Summer Lecture Series.
In 2008, Justice Wanjala became a subject of Biographical Record in Marquis “Who is Who” in the World, 25th Edition. Inclusion in this Biography is limited to individuals who have contributed significantly to the betterment of society.
In 2012, Justice Wanjala received the Presidential Award of the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) [First Class], the 4th Highest Civilian Award in Kenya for his distinguished service rendered to the Nation.
In 2018, Justice Wanjala was selected for the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis (Who is Who) Lifetime Achievement Award as a result of his hard work and dedication to his profession.
Hon. Justice Smokin C. Wanjala is a member of the Quality Assurance & Compliance Committee and the Examination Committee.