The Judicial Service Commission on Tuesday said the delay in appointing judges is undermining the independence of the Judiciary.
Chief Registrar Anne Amadi said the judges have been subjected to unnecessary speculation on their qualifications and suitability.
According to the commission, the delay has affected timely resolution of disputes and business in the country due to the number of cases filed at the Land, Employment and Commercial courts.
President Uhuru Kenyatta wrote to the JSC saying he could not approve the list of judges sent to him by the commission as they have integrity issues.
That prompted a Nairobi-based lawyer to move to court, questioning the delay.
While pointing fingers at the President, the commission said the delay in appointing the 41 judges has aggravated the perennial problem of case backlog.
“The President’s inordinate delay to formalise the appointment of the judges undermines the constitutional role of the JSC in safeguarding and promoting independence of the Judiciary,” Ms Amadi said.