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Hon. Mr. Justice Byram Ongaya

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Hon. Justice Byram Onyaya
Hon. Mr. Justice Byram Ongaya, Principal Judge, ELRC

Justice Byram Ongaya is the Employment and Labour Relations Court Principal (ELRC) Judge having been elected in 2022. He was appointed Judge of the ELRC in 2012. Justice Ongaya has served in Nakuru, Nyeri, Nairobi and Mombasa.


He practiced law from 1998 to 2004, focusing on Constitutional and Administrative Law, Judicial Review, Civil Litigation and, Public Policy and Legislative Drafting. In 2004, he was appointed to found and head the Legal Services Department at the Public Service Commission of Kenya (PSC).

In 2010, Justice Ongaya was appointed and seconded to serve as the Director of Legal Services at the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC). He has authored and has been involved in drafting many legal instruments including policy documents and advisory legal opinions.

He holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) – Governance and Democracy, from the University of Nairobi, 2008. He attained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi (1998). He was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 2000.

He is a registered Certified Public Secretary of Kenya – CPS (K), and a life member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). He served as a member of the Editorial Committee of the Institute’s Journal, “The Management”.

The Judge is involved in community mobilisation and environmental improvement.

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