Hon. Justice Oscar Amugo Angote is an alumnus of Mupeli Primary School and Chesamisi High School, where he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL B) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Environmental Law from the same university. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi. His research area for the PhD program is ‘Conservation of Riparian Land in Kenya: A Contestation between Land Rights and Environmental Protection.’
Upon his admission to the bar as an advocate, he practiced law as a litigation counsel in the firms of Kiogora Mutai & Company Advocates and Ndung’u Njoroge & Kwach Advocates. He then joined the then Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in the year 2007 in the Asset Recovery Department. While at the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, he instituted and prosecuted civil cases across the country to recover illegally acquired public land.
Justice Angote is one of the pioneer Judges of the Environment and Land Court, having been appointed as such on 3rd October, 2012. Upon his appointment, he was posted to Malindi where he worked from November, 2012 to December, 2016. In January, 2017, he was transferred to the Environment and Land Court, Machakos, where he was stationed as a single Judge until August, 2021 when he was transferred to Milimani in Nairobi.
On 17th July, 2022, Justice Angote was elected as the Presiding Judge by a college of 51 Judges of the Environment and Land Court, a position he will hold for a period of five years. As the Presiding Judge of the court, he supervises the operations of the court in the country. Other than being the Presiding Judge of the court, he handles disputes relating to land and environment.
Justice Angote has authored and published several Articles in his area of specialty, including: Environmental Litigation in Kenya: A Call for Reforms; The Land Control Board Consent and the Doctrine of Constructive Trust; Evictions in Kenya: Which Way Under the New Constitution and the Land Laws (Amendment) Act, amongst others. The Judge has also been involved in the training of Magistrates and Judges.