Justice (ret’d) Barnabas Samatta

Justice (ret’d) Barnabas Samatta retired from the Tanzanian Bench in 2007 after a long and distinguished legal career. He was a State Attorney, and then Director of Public Prosecutions. He served on the High Court bench, then on the Court of Appeal, and then served as Chief Justice for seven years. A judge of impeccable integrity, Justice Samatta’s decisions touched on key areas of the rule of law and the constitution. He emphasized that the constitution crystallizes a consensus among citizens as to the nature and character of their polity and governance. He believes that the doors to justice should be opened to all regardless of their station in life or economic position. He was a member of the Kenyan Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board from 2012 to 2016. He is now the Chancellor of Mzumbe University in Tanzania.


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