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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NAIROBI CIVIL APPLICATION No. 201 of 2018
 1 file(s)  201 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Rulings November 19, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on Oct 12, 2018.
 1 file(s)  80 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions October 19, 2018 Download
Court of Appeal, Nairobi – Cause List – September 2018
 1 file(s)  79 downloads
Cause Lists, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Downloads September 6, 2018 Download
Court of Appeal decisions delivered on July 27, 2018.
 1 file(s)  107 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions July 27, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on June 22, 2018.
 1 file(s)  168 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions, Downloads June 22, 2018 Download
Nairobi Election Petition Appeal No 12 of 2018
 1 file(s)  88 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions, Downloads June 22, 2018 Download
Nairobi, Court of Appeal Election Petition Appeals decisions delivered on Friday, June 8, 2018.
 1 file(s)  114 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Downloads June 8, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on April 20, 2018
 1 file(s)  90 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Downloads April 20, 2018 Download
Election Petition Appeal No. 1 Of 2018. (Consolidated With Election Petition Appeal No. 3 Of 2018). Japthet Muroko & Zacheus Okoth Oliech Vs Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, Joseph Mele Eroo, Returning Officer Nairobi County & Kioko Mike Sonko Mbuvi Gidion. (Coram: Nambuye, Gatembu & M’inoti, JJ.A.).
 1 file(s)  50 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Downloads April 17, 2018 Download
Frequently Asked Questions on Election Appeals to the Court of Appeal
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Court of Appeal, Downloads, Notices April 4, 2018 Download

 

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

Title
NAIROBI CIVIL APPLICATION No. 201 of 2018
 1 file(s)  201 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Rulings November 19, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on Oct 12, 2018.
 1 file(s)  80 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions October 19, 2018 Download
Court of Appeal, Nairobi – Cause List – September 2018
 1 file(s)  79 downloads
Cause Lists, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Downloads September 6, 2018 Download
Court of Appeal decisions delivered on July 27, 2018.
 1 file(s)  107 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions July 27, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on June 22, 2018.
 1 file(s)  168 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions, Downloads June 22, 2018 Download
Nairobi Election Petition Appeal No 12 of 2018
 1 file(s)  88 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts, Courts Decisions, Downloads June 22, 2018 Download
Nairobi, Court of Appeal Election Petition Appeals decisions delivered on Friday, June 8, 2018.
 1 file(s)  114 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Downloads June 8, 2018 Download
In the Court of Appeal, Nairobi. Decisions delivered on April 20, 2018
 1 file(s)  90 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Downloads April 20, 2018 Download
Election Petition Appeal No. 1 Of 2018. (Consolidated With Election Petition Appeal No. 3 Of 2018). Japthet Muroko & Zacheus Okoth Oliech Vs Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, Joseph Mele Eroo, Returning Officer Nairobi County & Kioko Mike Sonko Mbuvi Gidion. (Coram: Nambuye, Gatembu & M’inoti, JJ.A.).
 1 file(s)  50 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Downloads April 17, 2018 Download
Frequently Asked Questions on Election Appeals to the Court of Appeal
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Court of Appeal, Downloads, Notices April 4, 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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