Justice Alnashir Visram – Biography, Court of Appeal, Judge, Age, Education, Career, Parents, Family, wife, children, Video
Justice Alnashir Visram profile, Age
Justice Alnashir Visram was born in Kisii Kenya in Early 1950’s. He is a third generation Kenyan. His grandfather came to Kenya from India at the end of the 19th century, at the age of fifteen.
As at 2016, he is about 66 years old.
Justice Alnashir Visram Education
Justice Alnashir Visram went to Kisumu Boys High School, where he completed his ‘A’ Levels before joining the University of Nairobi.
In 1972, he was part of the first graduating class of the newly established Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi.
He was admitted to practice law in Kenya in 1973. But in 1975, he started a new life in Canada where he enrolled for a second Degree in law at University of British Columbia, Canada – UBC. He graduated in 1978.
In 2006, he graduated with a Master’s degree in international law from the University of Nairobi.
After graduating from the University of Nairobi in 1973, Justice Alnashir Visram practiced law for two years before leaving for Canada.
After Graduating from UBC he took up a job in Aga Khan University in Pakistan for three years. After the contract ended, he was offered the position of CEO at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Kenya, a job he held until 1992.
In 1992, he returned to practicing law, with the same law firm that he had left in the early 1970s.
In 1999, he was appointed a Commissioner of Assize by the judiciary, essentially to help clean up a huge back log of cases.
In 2001,He was sworn in as a judge of the High Court of Kenya by the president of Kenya.
In April of 2009, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal which was the highest court in the land at that time.
Justice Alnashir Visram controversial cases he ruled
Justice Alnashir Visram judged several cases that left the country dumbfounded. These are some of the cases.
- He awarded former minister Nicholas Biwott Sh30 million against Clay Ltd and Dr Ian West for defamation in the book Dr Ian West’s Casebook.
- He also awarded former Appeal Court Judge Richard Kwach Sh5.5 million as compensation in a libel case against the Standard Group.
- In the case of 400m hurdler Eric Keter who had been excluded from participating in the 2000 Olympic Games for coming in fourth during trials, Justice Visram agreed the exclusion was unfair and ordered the now defunct Kenya Amateur Athletic Association to include Mr Keter in the team.
- He ordered Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to restore electric power to a business consumer arguing that, as a monopoly company, it could not cut off power to its consumers on whim.
Justice Alnashir Visram parents
Justice Alnashir Visram grandfather came to Kenya from India at the end of the 19th century, at the age of fifteen. They settled in Kisii Town where Justice Visram was born.
Justice Alnashir Visram family, wife, children
Justice Visram has one wife and two children one of whom is a lawyer and graduated from the University of Kent, UK.