Courts

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OVERVIEW

Historical Background

The High Court of Kenya has been in existence since the East African Order in Council of 1897 and the Crown Regulations, which established the Kenyan legal system. Through the order in Council, English Law was introduced to the Kenyan Ordinances and to administer the English Law, the colonial power introduced various classes of courts. The court with jurisdiction over all persons in the territory was first established in 1897, referred to as Her Majesty’s court of East Africa, which was later renamed as the High Court of East Africa. The Court was first established in Zanzibar and later moved to Mombasa within the Kenyan protectorate in 1902. In 1911, the High Court was transferred to Nairobi and British Indian Legal practices were substituted with English Law. The first courthouse in Nairobi was at the DC’s office in Upper Hill near present day Nairobi Club. It was later transferred to Town Hall within the city centre. From 1923, the Theatre Royal served as the seat of the High Court, with the Chief Justice and witnesses being accommodated on the stage. The High Court relocated to the present Supreme Court Building in 1931.

Later on the ordinance established the Supreme Court within the Kenyan protectorate that was the equivalent of the High Court in the Eastern Africa Protectorates of Uganda and Tanganyika. However, when Kenya became a Republic in 1964, the Supreme Court was renamed the High Court with unlimited original criminal and civil jurisdiction over all persons, regardless of racial or ethnic considerations.”

Mandate of the Court

The High Court is established under Article 165 of the Constitution. The Court is clothed with inherent jurisdiction to: determine all Criminal and Civil Matters; determine cases concerning the violation and or infringement of the bill of rights; hear appeals from subordinate courts and tribunals; interpret the constitution; and, exercise supervisory jurisdiction over the subordinate courts and over any person, body or authority exercising a judicial or quasi-judicial function. Any other jurisdiction original or appellate conferred to it by an act parliament.

High Court Stations and Divisions

There are currently 41 High Court Stations. There are also seven Divisions established as listed below. 

      1.Family

      2.Commercial and Tax

      3.Civil

      4.Criminal

      5.Constitutional and Human Rights

      6.Judicial Review

      7.Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes

Admiralty cases are filed and heard in Mombasa High Court.

There are 82 judges serving in the High Court compared to the legal establishment of a maximum of 200.

ADMINISTRATION

JUDGES OF THE HIGH COURT

High Court  Principal Judge, Hon. Lady Justice Lydia Awino Achode

 NAMESTATION
1.      Hon. Justice A. Mbogholi Msagha, Presiding Judge Civil Division Milimani
2.      Hon. Justice Hatari Peter George Waweru, Presiding JudgeNanyuki
3.      Hon. Lady Justice Jessie Wanjiku Lesiit, Presiding Judge, Criminal Division Milimani
4.      Hon.Justice Joseph Sergon Milimani
5.      Hon. Lady Justice Roselyne P.V. Wendoh, Presiding Judge Migori
6.      Hon. Justice George Matatia Abaleka Dulu, Presiding JudgeMakueni
7.      Hon. Lady Justice Mary Kasango, Presiding JudgeKiambu
8.       Hon. Justice Fredrick Andago Ochieng, Presiding JudgeKisumu
9.      Hon. Justice Luka Kiprotich Kimaru, Presiding JudgeKitale
10.  Hon. Justice Joseph R. Karanja, Presiding JudgeHoma Bay
11.  Hon. Lady Justice Hellen A. Omondi, Presiding JudgeEldoret
12.  Hon. Justice Aggrey O. Muchelule, Presiding Judge, Family Division Milimani
13.  Hon. Lady Justice Florence N. Muchemi, Presiding JudgeNyeri
14.  Hon. Lady Justice Maureen Akinyi OderoMilimani
15.  Hon. Lady Justice Abida. Ali-Aroni, Presiding JudgeGarissa
16.  Hon. Justice Said Juma Chitembwe Milimani
17.  Hon. Justice Joel Mwaura Ngugi, Presiding JudgeNakuru
18.  Hon. Lady Justice Grace Mumbi Ngugi, Presiding JudgeMilimani
19.  Hon. Justice Edward Muthoga Muriithi, Presiding JudgeMeru
20.  Hon. Lady Justice Pauline Nyamweya, Presiding Judge Judicial Review Division Milimani
21.  Hon. Justice Kanyi Kimondo, Presiding JudgeMurang’a
22.  Hon. Justice David Amilcar S. Majanja (JSC Commissioner)Milimani
23.  Hon. Lady Justice Cecilia Wathaiya GithuaMilimani
24.  Hon. Lady Justice Beatrice Nthiori ThuraniraMilimani
25.  Hon. Justice Weldon K. Korir, Presiding Judge Constitutional & Human Rights Division Milimani
26.  Lady. Justice Grace Nzioka Milimani
27.  Hon. Lady Justice Christine W. Meoli Milimani
28.  Hon. Lady Justice Hedwig Imbosa Ong’udiMilimani
29.  Hon. Lady Justice Stella Ngali Mutuku Milimani
30.  Hon. Justice James Wakiaga (Lodwar) Milimani
31.  Hon. Lady Justice Rose Edwina Atieno Ougo, Presiding JudgeKisii
32.  Hon. Justice Eric Kennedy O. Ogola, Presiding Judge (Voi) Mombasa
33.  Hon. Justice George Vincent Odunga, Presiding JudgeMachakos
34.  Hon. Justice Hilary Kiplagat ChemiteiNakuru
35.  Hon. Justice James Aaron MakauMilimani
36.  Hon. Justice Francis TuiyottMilimani
37.  Hon. Lady Justice Roselyne Korir, Presiding JudgeBomet
38.  Hon. Justice Richard Mururu Mwongo, Presiding JudgeNaivasha
39.  Hon. Justice Alfred Mabeya, Presiding JudgeMilimani
40.  Hon. Lady Justice Lydia Awino Achode ( Principal Judge)Milimani
41.  Hon. Lady Justice Abigail MshilaNyeri
42.  Hon. Justice William Musyoka, Presiding JudgeKakamega
43.  Hon. Lady Justice Jacqueline N. KamauKisumu
44.  Hon. Justice Ngaah JairusMilimani
45.  Hon. Justice Francis Muthuku Gikonyo, Presiding JudgeNarok
46.  Hon. Justice Martin Muya Mati (Suspended)Bomet
47.  Hon. Lady Justice Esther Nyambura Maina, Presiding JudgeNyamira
48.  Hon. Lady Justice Lilian Nambwire MutendeMilimani
49.  Hon. Lady Justice Grace Wangui NgenyeMilimani
50.  Hon. Justice Justus Momanyi Bwongonga, Presiding Judge (Kapenguria) Kabarnet
51.  Hon. Lady Justice Roselyne M. Ekirapa Aburili, Presiding JudgeSiaya
52.  Hon. Justice Enock Chacha Mwita, Presiding JudgeKajiado
53.  Hon. Justice Robert Kipkoech Limo, Presiding JudgeKitui
54.  Hon. Justice Charles Kariuki Mutungi, Presiding JudgeNyandarua
55.  Hon. Justice Anthony Charo MurimaMilimani
56.  Hon. Lady Justice Janet Nzilani Mulwa, Presiding JudgeKerugoya
57.  Hon. Lady Justice Farah Amin Kakamega
58.  Hon. Lady Justice Margaret Waringa MuigaiMilimani
59.  Hon. Justice Stephen Riechi, Presiding JudgeBungoma
60.  Hon. Justice Olga SeweEldoret
61.  Hon. Lady Justice Wilfrida OkwanyMilimani
62.  Hon. Justice Patrick OtienoMeru
63.  Hon. Justice Anthony Ndung’uKisii
64.  Hon. Lady Justice Mugure ThandeMilimani
65.  Hon. Lady Justice Margaret MwangiMombasa
66.  Hon. Justice Stephen GithinjiEldoret
67.  Hon. Lady Justice Dorah O. ChepkwonyMombasa
68.  Hon. Lady Justice Asenath Ongeri, Presiding JudgeKericho
69.  Hon. Justice Kiarie Waweru KiarieBusia
70.  Hon. Lady Justice Lucy Njuguna, Presiding JudgeEmbu
71.  Hon. Justice John MativoMilimani
72.  Hon. Justice Reuben Nyakundi, Presiding Judge (Garsen)Malindi
73.  Hon. Mr. Justice Onyiego John NyabutoMombasa
74.  Hon. Lady Justice Cherere Thripsisa Wanjiku WamaeMeru
75.  Hon. Mr. Justice Ogola Daniel OgemboMilimani
76.  Hon. Lady Justice Gitari Lucy Waruguru, Presiding JudgeChuka
77.  Hon. Lady Justice Rachel C. B NgetichNakuru
78.  Hon. Mr. Justice Kemei David KipyegomenMachakos
79.  Hon. Lady Justice Anne Adwera Colleta ApondiMombasa
80.  Hon. Lady Justice Matheka Teresia MumbuaNyeri
81.  Hon. Mr. Justice Nyaga Jesse Njagi, Presiding JudgeMarsabit
High Court - Judges List.xlsx
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Petition No. 206 of 2020. High Court of Kenya at Nairobi Constitutional & Human Rights Division ‎on Appointment of Judges
 1 file(s)  301 downloads
October 21, 2021
Judicial Review Application No. E1138 of 2020
 1 file(s)  345 downloads
October 14, 2021
In The High Court of Kenya at Machakos Constitutional Petition Nos. E005 of 2021 (Consolidated With Petition No. 1 of 2021)
 1 file(s)  298 downloads
September 20, 2021
Petition No. E327 of 2020 – LSK vs AG and IG
 1 file(s)  347 downloads
August 18, 2021
Petition No. E282 of 2020 – BBI Consolidated Judgement
 1 file(s)  0 download
May 14, 2021
Notice of Appeal lodged at the High Court in respect to recruitment of CJ & Supreme Court Judge
 1 file(s)  304 downloads
April 22, 2021
Court order issued by a three-Judge bench in respect to recruitment of CJ & Supreme Court Judge
 1 file(s)  454 downloads
April 22, 2021
Petition No. E112 of 2021 – in the Constitutional & Human Rights Division – Tolphin Nafula Vs Judicial Service Commission
 1 file(s)  345 downloads
April 21, 2021
Petition No. 33 of 2018 consolidated with Petition No. 42 of 2018 in the Constitutional & Human Rights Division Okiya Omtatah
 1 file(s)  839 downloads
April 21, 2021
PETITION NO. E361 OF 2020
 1 file(s)  497 downloads
March 11, 2021
PETITION NO. 197 OF 2018
 1 file(s)  320 downloads
March 11, 2021
Petition 122 of 2013
 1 file(s)  398 downloads
December 10, 2020
Petition Numbers 185 of 2019 and 339 of 2019 – regarding MPs
 1 file(s)  441 downloads
December 10, 2020
Ruling – Petition No E291of 2020 – Leina Konchellah and another Vs The Chief Justice and another
 1 file(s)  905 downloads
November 2, 2020
Naivasha Law Courts: Decisions delivered by Justice Richard Mwongo in May 2020
 1 file(s)  516 downloads
June 19, 2020
MISC. CIVIL APPLICATION NO 172 OF 2018 (CONSOLIDATED WITH MISC. CIVIL APPLICATION NO 173 AND 174 OF 2018 (CORAM: CHERERE-J)
 1 file(s)  803 downloads
May 22, 2020
Succession Cause No. 527 0f 1981 – In Matter of the Estate of Mbiu Koinange
 1 file(s)  853 downloads
May 8, 2020
Nyeri High Court decisions delivered by Justice Ngaah Jairus on May 5,2020
 1 file(s)  424 downloads
May 8, 2020
Naivasha High Court decisions delivered by Justice Mwongo in April 2020
 1 file(s)  389 downloads
May 8, 2020
Nakuru High Court judgments and rulings delivered by Justice Joel Ngugi in the week of April 20, 2020
 1 file(s)  438 downloads
April 28, 2020
Nakuru High Court Decisions delivered by Lady Justice Mumbua Matheka April 28, 2020
 1 file(s)  441 downloads
April 28, 2020
Decisions in the High Court Nyeri, delivered by Justice Ngaah Jairus
 1 file(s)  438 downloads
April 23, 2020
Decisions in the High Court Nakuru, delivered by Justice (Prof) Joel Ngugi
 1 file(s)  698 downloads
April 19, 2020
Nakuru High Court Decisions delivered by Justice Janet N. Mulwa
 1 file(s)  632 downloads
April 19, 2020
Nakuru High Court decisions delivered by Justice Mumbua Matheka
 1 file(s)  650 downloads
April 19, 2020
Ruling on Civil Appeal No. 8 of 2011 – High Court Nairobi, Family Division
 1 file(s)  896 downloads
April 16, 2020
High Court at Milimani, Family Division Decisions delivered on April 8, 2020 (2)
 1 file(s)  700 downloads
April 15, 2020
High Court at Milimani, Family Division Decisions delivered on April 8, 2020 (1)
 1 file(s)  719 downloads
April 15, 2020
NRB PET 119 of 2020 COVID 022 Hon Maureen Muthoni Mwangi & Another Vs The Speaker County Assembly Of Kirinyaga & Another- Ruling
 1 file(s)  473 downloads
April 7, 2020
NRB PET 123 of 2020 COVID 045 – Anne Waiguru Vs County Assembly of Kirinyaga- Ruling
 1 file(s)  584 downloads
April 7, 2020
PETITION NO. 427 OF 2019
 1 file(s)  616 downloads
February 6, 2020
PETITION NO. 369 OF 2019
 1 file(s)  738 downloads
February 6, 2020
MISC. Criminal Application No.407 of 2019. Africa Spirits Ltd Vs DPP, IG-National Police Service
 1 file(s)  730 downloads
October 25, 2019
Judgment delivered by Justice Odunga – Remission Petition 16 of 2019
 1 file(s)  1233 downloads
August 27, 2019
Ruling on Revision-ACEC Revision No. 25 of 2019
 1 file(s)  1666 downloads
July 26, 2019
Constitutional Petition No. 205 of 2018. Judgment by Justice Eric Ogola.
 1 file(s)  786 downloads
February 4, 2019
HCCC No. 30 of 2014- Naivasha Hippo
 1 file(s)  517 downloads
February 1, 2019
PETITION NO. 96 OF 2011 – Kampala bombing suspects
 1 file(s)  619 downloads
January 17, 2019
MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATION NO. 4 OF 2017
 1 file(s)  492 downloads
September 26, 2018
Judgment on Kamande sentence
 1 file(s)  573 downloads
July 19, 2018
Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Court Ruling in ACEC MISC APP NO 12 of 2018
 1 file(s)  616 downloads
June 19, 2018
Petition No 484 of 2014. L.N.W Vs Attorney General, Registrar of Births and Deaths & Kenya National Commission. On Human Rights (KNCHR) – Amicus Curiae. The Law Society of Kenya – Interested Party. In The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi. Milimani Law Courts. Constitutional and Human Rights Division
 1 file(s)  0 download
March 14, 2018
Press and Public Summary: Judgment on Security Law Amendment Bill 2014 – Petition No. 628 of 2014 consolidated with petition Nos 630 of 2014 and 12 of 2015 Coalition for Reform and Democracy – Cord & 2 others Vs the AG & another judgment delivered on 23rd February 2015 by Justices Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi, Hedwig Ong’udi, Hillary Chemitei and Louis Onguto
 1 file(s)  159 downloads
March 14, 2018
Petition No. 628 of 2014 consolidated with petition Nos 630 of 2014 and 12 of 2015 Coalition for Reform and Democracy – Cord & 2 others Vs the AG & another judgment delivered on 23rd Feb 2015 by Justices Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi, Hedwig Ong’udi, Hillary Chemitei and Louis Onguto
 1 file(s)  298 downloads
March 14, 2018
Petition No. 3 of 2015: The Teachers Service Commission Vs The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) & Others. In the Employment and Labour Relations Court of Kenya, Nairobi. Ruling delivered on June 30, 2015
 1 file(s)  361 downloads
March 14, 2018
Criminal Appeal No. 1 of 2015: Alan Wadi Okengo Vs the Republic: In the High Court of Kenya, Criminal Division, Nairobi. (An Appeal arising out of the conviction and sentence of H. W. Kaguru (Ms) – RM delivered on January 2, 2015, in Nairobi CM. CR. Case No. 1 of 2015). Judgement delivered by Justice Luka Kimaru on July 3, 2015
 1 file(s)  168 downloads
March 14, 2018
Succession Cause No. 527 of 1981: In the matter of the estate of Mbiyu Koinange (Deceased). In the High Court of Kenya, Nairobi. Judgement delivered on September 25, 2015
 1 file(s)  281 downloads
March 14, 2018
Petition NO 149 of 2015: Judgment on the constitutionality of section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act, Cap 411A (hereafter ‘the Act’)
 1 file(s)  382 downloads
March 14, 2018
 
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Court Fees Assessment Schedule
 1 file(s)  750 downloads
July 18, 2021
Procedure for Processing of Pro Bono Fees
 1 file(s)  242 downloads
July 15, 2021
Court Fees Assessement Schedule – Gazette No_10181
 1 file(s)  312 downloads
February 11, 2021
S/NOHIGH COURT STATIONTELEPHONE NUMBERADDRESSTOWN
1. MILIMANI LAW COURTBOX 30041-00100NAIROBI
2. KISUMU LAW COURTBOX 126KISUMU
3. SIAYA LAW COURTBOX 67SIAYA
4. HOMA-BAY LAW COURTBOX 40HOMA-BAY
5. MIGORI LAW COURTBOX 241SUNA MIGORI
6. KISII LAW COURTBOX 69KISII
7. NYAMIRA LAW COURTBOX 10NYAMIRA
8. KAKAMEGA LAW COURTBOX 22KAKAMEGA
9. BUNGOMA LAW COURTBOX 365BUNGOMA
10. BUSIA  LAW COURTBOX 161BUSIA (K)
11. NAKURU LAW COURTBOX 61NAKURU
12. NAIVASHA LAW COURTBOX 81NAIVASHA
13. KABARNET  LAW COURTBOX 66KABARNET
14. NANYUKI LAW COURTBOX 252 NANYUKI
15. KERICHO LAW COURTBOX 69KERICHO
16. BOMET LAW COURTBOX 21BOMET
17. NAROK LAW COURTBOX 75NAROK
18. KAJIADO LAW COURTBOX 73KAJIADO
19. LODWAR LAW COURTBOX 54LODWAR
20. KAPENGURIA LAW COURTBOX 129KAPENGURIA
21. ELDORET LAW COURTBOX 141ELDORET
22. KITALE LAW COURTBOX 641KITALE
23. NYERI LAW COURTBOX 70NYERI
24. KERUGOYA LAW COURTBOX 17KERUGOYA
25. MURANG'A LAW COURTBOX 146MURANGA
26. KIAMBU LAW COURTBOX 87KIAMBU
27. EMBU LAW COURTBOX 256EMBU
28. MERU LAW COURTBOX 118MERU
29. CHUKA LAW COURTBOX 73 CHUKA
30. MACHAKOS LAW COURTBOX 145MACHAKOS
31. MAKUENI LAW COURTBOX 145MAKUENI
32. KITUI LAW COURTBOX 176KITUI
33. MARSABIT LAW COURTBOX 137MARSABIT
34. GARISSA LAW COURTBOX 68GARISSA
35. MOMBASA LAW COURTBOX 90140MOMBASA
36. VOI LAW COURTBOX 110VOI
37. MALINDI LAW COURTBOX 2MALINDI
38. GARSEN LAW COURTBOX 30GARSEN
39. NYAHURURU LAW COURTBOX 234NYAHURURU
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