Cooperative Tribunal

Establishing Statute

The tribunal is established under the co-operative societies Act, Cap 490 as amended by Act No. 2 of 2004.

Mandate and jurisdiction

It has jurisdiction to hear disputes among members, past members and persons claiming through members of cooperatives, past members and deceased members; or between members, past members or deceased members, and the society, its committee or any officer of the society; or between the society and any other co-operative society.

Membership and quorum

The tribunal has a total membership of eight (8) members of the board;

    • A chairman and deputy chairman appointed by the Cabinet Secretary on the nomination of Judicial Service Commission

    • An advocate of the High Court of Kenya appointed by the Cabinet Secretary on the nomination of the Law Society of Kenya.

    • A lawyer with experience in cooperative law appointed by the Cabinet Secretary

    • Three persons with at least then years experience in the field of cooperative management and practice appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in consultation with the apex society.

For purposes of hearing and determining any cause or matter, the chairman and two members of the tribunal shall form a quorum. Provided that where for any reason either or both of the members is not present for any part of the hearing, the jurisdiction of the tribunal may be exercised by the chairman, sitting either with one such member or alone as the case maybe. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Act, the chairman of the tribunal acting alone shall have jurisdiction to deal with temporary injunctions (section 80(4)).


The tribunal is located at the Reinsurance plaza,11th & 12th floor on Taifa Road, Nairobi

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