Courts

Establishment of the Court

The Supreme Court is established under Article 163 of the Constitution as the final arbiter and interpreter of the Constitution

Composition of the court

The Court comprises of the Chief Justice, who is the President of the Court, the Deputy Chief Justice, who is the Vice-President of the Court and five other Judges

Jurisdiction

Exclusive original jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes relating to the elections to the office of President arising under Article 140 of the Constitution.

The Court has appellate jurisdiction to hear and determine appeals from the Court of Appeal and any other court or tribunal as prescribed by national legislation.

However appeals can only be;

As a matter of right where the case involves interpretation or application of the Constitution or a matter certified by the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal as one that involves a matter of general public importance.

The Supreme Court may review a certification by the Court of Appeal and either affirm, vary or overturn it.

Render advisory opinion at the request of the National Government, any State organ, or any County Government with respect to any matter concerning County Government

Determine the validity of a declaration of a state of emergency; an extension of such a declaration or any legislation enacted or action taken in consequence of a declaration of a state of emergency.

Appeals from a tribunal constituted under Article 168 of the Constitution on removal of Judges from office.

 

Objective of the Court

These are provided for in Section 3 of the Supreme Court Act, No. 7, of 2011

  1. Assert the supremacy of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the people of Kenya;
  2. Provide authoritative and impartial interpretation of the Constitution;
  3. Develop rich jurisprudence that respects Kenya’s history and traditions and facilitates its social, economic and political growth;
  4. Enable important constitutional and other legal matters, especially matters on transition to the new Constitution be determined with due regard to the circumstances, history and cultures of the people; and
  5. Improve access to justice.

 

Seat of the Court

The Court sits in Nairobi at the Supreme Court building and is deemed to be properly constituted for purposes of its proceedings when five of the judges are sitting. Being the highest court in the land, all other courts are bound by its decisions

(L-R) Hon Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu, Hon Justice Prof J.B. Ojwang, Hon Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu,  Hon Justice David Maraga, Hon Justice Mohammed K. Ibrahim, Hon Justice Dr Smokin C. Wanjala and Hon Justice Isaac Lenaola.

NOTICE  [  Download  ]

SUPREME COURT OF KENYA

EASTER VACATION, 2018 

PURSUANT to Article 163 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Kenya and section 6 of the Supreme Court Act, 2011 and Rules 4 (c), 5 and 7C of the Supreme Court Rules 2012, the Chief Justice gives notice as follows:

 

The Easter Vacation of the Supreme Court shall commence on Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 and terminate on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018 both days inclusive.

 

A Judge will be available during the vacation to deal with matters that are urgent or require prompt attention.

 

During this period the Supreme Court registry shall be open to the public from 9.00a.m to 12p.m on all weekdays other than public holidays.

 

 

Dated this 12 day of March 2018

 

 

 

D.K. MARAGA

Chief Justice/President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

 

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Updated as 30 Jan CAUSE LIST – Supreme Court
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Cause List, Downloads February 1, 2019 Download
Supreme Court Causelist as at 2nd November 2018
 1 file(s)  313 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court November 2, 2018 Download
Updated Supreme Court Cause List – From 5th oct 2018
 1 file(s)  91 downloads
Cause List, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court October 4, 2018 Download
Cause List as at 3rd August, 2018
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court August 1, 2018 Download
Causelist July 13- Sept 21, 2018
 1 file(s)  163 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 13, 2018 Download
Causelist July – September 2018
 1 file(s)  123 downloads
Cause List, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 5, 2018 Download
Causelist July 2- August 6, 2018
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 3, 2018 Download
Causelist June to August
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court June 22, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Causelist
 1 file(s)  69 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court June 13, 2018 Download
CAUSE LIST 4TH JUNE TO 30TH JULY 2018
 1 file(s)  99 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 30, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Causelist May 16-June 29, 2018
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 15, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at May 3 2018
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
Cause List, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at 27 April 2018
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at 26 April 2018
 1 file(s)  15 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List Upated as at 15 – 3 – 2018
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists March 15, 2018 Download

 

To access the Supreme Court Cause List, Visit http://kenyalaw.org

Title
Updated as 30 Jan CAUSE LIST – Supreme Court
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Cause List, Downloads February 1, 2019 Download
Supreme Court Causelist as at 2nd November 2018
 1 file(s)  313 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court November 2, 2018 Download
Updated Supreme Court Cause List – From 5th oct 2018
 1 file(s)  91 downloads
Cause List, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court October 4, 2018 Download
Cause List as at 3rd August, 2018
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court August 1, 2018 Download
Causelist July 13- Sept 21, 2018
 1 file(s)  163 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 13, 2018 Download
Causelist July – September 2018
 1 file(s)  123 downloads
Cause List, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 5, 2018 Download
Causelist July 2- August 6, 2018
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court July 3, 2018 Download
Causelist June to August
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court June 22, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Causelist
 1 file(s)  69 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court June 13, 2018 Download
CAUSE LIST 4TH JUNE TO 30TH JULY 2018
 1 file(s)  99 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 30, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Causelist May 16-June 29, 2018
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 15, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at May 3 2018
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
Cause List, Downloads, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at 27 April 2018
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List as at 26 April 2018
 1 file(s)  15 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists, Supreme Court, Supreme Court May 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court Cause List Upated as at 15 – 3 – 2018
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Cause List, Cause Lists March 15, 2018 Download

Click on the link below to download a summary of the fees and costs. 

Click on the link below to download the Service Delivery Charter

SERVICE DELIVERY CHARTER BROCHURE

Location

The Supreme Court Registry is located in Nairobi. The Court may have other sub registries as the Chief Justice may determine from time to time. 

General Values and Principles

The guiding principle in the registry procedures and processes is having due regard and utmost care for customers. The processes are informed by the following values

  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Humility
  • Openness
  • Patriotism
  • Timeliness
  • Sensitivity to persons with special needs and vulnerable groups

Working Hours

The Supreme Court Registry official working hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm or otherwise directed by the Chief Justice

Click on the link below for the steps in filing a case

STEPS IN FILING A CASE

THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE

Supreme Court Building
City Hall Way, Nairobi
P.O. Box 30041 – 00100, Nairobi
Tel. +254 20 2221221
chiefjustice@judiciary.go.ke
www.judiciary.go.ke

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