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Peter Sam Shivute was born in Northern Namibia on 25 September 1963. In 1980 he left Namibia and lived in exile until Namibia's Independence in 1990. He is married to Naomi Shivute.


He received primary and part of his secondary education in Namibia. He continued his education in neighboring Zambia where he lived for some time during exile. Chief Justice Shivute graduated with an LL.B (Honors) Degree from Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1991.

Towards the end of 1995 he returned to the United Kingdom where he completed an LL.M Degree at the University of Warwick in 1996. He also holds a Diploma in Development Studies and Management as well as a Diploma in Legal Studies that he obtained in Zambia.

Personal History

He was appointed as Magistrate in the Judicial Service of the Republic of Zambia on the basis of his Diploma in Law qualification and practiced as a Magistrate until 1988 when he left to pursue further studies in the United Kingdom.

On his return to Namibia, Chief Justice Shivute was appointed Magistrate in the Namibian Judiciary where he worked from 1991 to 1995 when he returned to the United Kingdom to pursue post graduate studies.

On his return in 1996, he resumed his career as a member of the subordinate Judiciary, rising through the ranks to the level of the Regional Court Magistrate.

In 2000 he was appointed Acting Judge of the High Court of Namibia, the position he occupied until 2001 when he was appointed Judge of the High Court in a permanent capacity.

He held that position until 2003 when he was appointed Judge-President of the High Court. Being the most Senior Judge, the Judge-President heads the High Court and bears the overall responsibility of ensuring sound administration and effective service-delivery. Apart from administrative responsibilities, the Judge-President also performs normal judicial functions.

On 1 November 2004 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Namibia, which appointment took effect from 1 December 2004.

Prior to being elevated to the position Chief Justice, Chief Justice Shivute served on statutory commissions and other bodies on a part-time basis. He was a member of the Judicial Service Commission and Chairperson of the Delimitation Commission of Namibia. The latter Commission reviews existing boundaries of the country's regions and constituencies with a view to recommending changes thereto.

In his capacity as Chief Justice, he is the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission and Chairperson of another statutory body, the Board for Legal Education.

Chief Justice Shivute attended various enrichment courses and participated in many national and international conferences as well as workshops.

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