Office Of The Deputy Chief Justice

Honorable Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President of the Supreme Court


The Deputy Chief Justice deputizes the Chief Justice and is the vice-president of the Supreme Court.  As the Deputy Justice shall be responsible to the Chief Justice in the exercise of the functions and duties of the office.

Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu is an advocate of the High Court with over 32 years experience in the legal profession. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.

She practiced law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates. She thereafter worked as a senior legal manager at Jubilee Insurance Company, served as the Board secretary at the Electricity Regulatory Board, the Deputy Chairperson of the Energy Tribunal, and Director on the Board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company before being appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2007.

Lady Justice Mwilu first served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi and later the High Court in Eldoret. She was later transferred to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and subsequently headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court. In December 2012 Lady Justice Mwilu was elevated to the Court of Appeal where she served as a Judge of Appeal until her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice. She took the Oath of Office as the Deputy Chief Justice on October 28, 2016.



Justice Kalpana Rawal is an advocate of the High Court with over 40 years experience in the legal profession. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws degrees in Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLM).

She practiced for three years under the tutelage of the then Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Justice P. N. Bhagwati, who later became the 17th Chief Justice of India.

She taught administration and regular police officers at Lower Kabete and was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1975.

Justice Rawal was the first woman lawyer to set up a law firm in Kenya – K. H. Rawal Advocates in 1975 where she practiced until her appointment as Commissioner of Assize in 1999.

She was appointed as the Liaison Judge for Kenya making her a member of the International Hague Network of Judges in 2010. She assisted the International Criminal Court (ICC) in taking evidence of security officers in the investigation into Post Election Violence of 2007-2008.

She was Chair the Commission of Enquiry into the causes and circumstances surrounding and leading to Police Helicopter crash in June 2012 in Kibiko, Ngong Forest in which six people were killed including Internal Security Minister, Professor George Saitoti and his Assistant Minister, Orwa Ojode.

Justice Rawal joined the judicial service as a High Court judge in 2000. Until her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice, Rawal was judge of the Court of Appeal.

Justice Rawal hails from a long line of distinguished lawyers. Her father was a retired Judge of the Senior Court of Gujarat and her grandfather was Deputy Law Minister in the State of Kutch, India.

She earned the Elder of the Order of Burning Spear (EBS) in December, 2012.

She took Oath of Office as the Deputy Chief Justice before President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga on June 3, 2013.
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