The Judiciary derives its mandate from the Constitution of Kenya. Article 159 provides that:

  1. Judicial authority is derived from the people and vests in, and shall be exercised by, the courts and tribunals established by or under this Constitution.

  2. In exercising judicial authority, the courts and tribunals shall be guided by the following principles-
    • justice shall be done to all, irrespective of status;
    • justice shall not be delayed;
    • alternative forms of dispute resolution including reconciliation, mediation, arbitration and traditional dispute resolution mechanisms shall be promoted,subject to clause(3)
    • justice shall be administered without undue regard to procedural technicalities; and
    • the purpose and principles of this Constitution shall be protected and promoted.

  3. Traditional dispute resolution mechanisms shall not be used in a way that-
    • contravenes the Bill of Rights;
    • is repugnant to justice and morality or results in outcomes that are repugnant to justice or morality;or
    • is inconsistent with this Constitution or any written law.

The Judiciary has developed a Judiciary Transformation Framework that has placed the it on the path of institutional transformation. The Framework is currently at the validation stage.


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The Office of the Ombudusperson was set up to deal with complaints from the public against members of staff of the Judiciary.


To contact the Ombudusperson send an e-mail to:

Kenya Judiciary


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Office of The Chief Justice:


Office of The Deputy Chief Justice:

Chief Registrar of The Judiciary,
Supreme Court of Kenya,
City Hall Way,
P.O BOX 30041-00100,


Office of the Ombudsman



+254 20 2221221

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