Public Information on the Supreme Court Building
The Supreme Court of Kenya sits at the intersection of Taifa Road and City Hall Way in the capital Nairobi. It is located in the Central Business District, next to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), and the Office of Governor of the Nairobi County Government.
The Supreme Court Building was built in 1931 and is the official seat of the Chief Justice, the Chief Registrar and the Supreme Court itself. It has played host to many high-profile visitors including Hilary Clinton, who visited in 2012 as Secretary of State, and HE Kofi Annan, who has visited several times.
The building is of national heritage value by virtue of its rich history and architecture. It is classified as a national monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Act.
The building has three floors and a basement. It can be accessed via two gates: the main gate on City Hall Way and the other on Taifa Road, opposite Kenya Re Plaza. Other gates for special access exist.
Sir Robert William 1905 - 1920
Lt. Col. Jacob William 1920 - 1934
Sir Joseph Sheridan 1934 - 1946
Sir John Harry Barclay Nihill 1946
Sir Harace Hector Hearne 1951 - 1954
Sir Kenneth Kennedy O’connor 1954 - 1957
Sir Ronald Ormiston Sinclair 1957 – 1962
Independent Kenya Chief Justices Period Served
Sir John Ainsley 1963- 1968
Arthur Dennis Farrel 1968
Kitili Mwendwa 1968 -1971
Sir James Wicks 1971 - 1982
Sir Alfred Henry Simpson 1982 - 1985
Chunilal Bhagwandas Madan 1985 - 1986
Cecil Henry Ethelwood Miller 1986 - 1989
Robin Allan Winston Hancox 1989 - 1993
Fred Kwasi Apaloo 1993 - 1994
Abdul Majid Cockar 1994 - 1997
Zachaeus Richard Chesoni 1997 - 1999
Bernard Chunga 1999 - 2003
Johnson Evans Gicheru 2003 - 2011
Willy Munyoki Mutunga 2011