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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Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu at ELC Annual Judges Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  14 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at during the EDR debrief for Court of Appeal Judges in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 30, 2019 Download
DCJ remarks during the launch of Judiciary Organization Review Report
 1 file(s)  93 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches November 15, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
DCJ speech at the launch of Ngong Law Courts Children’s Service Week
 1 file(s)  62 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches July 3, 2018 Download
DCJ speech at the swearing- in ceremony of the new Court of Appeal President
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches June 26, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Mwilu during the Open Day for the Employment & Labour Relations Court Milimani Law Courts 4th May 2018
 1 file(s)  24 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 14, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at opening of National Alternative Dispute Resolution Stakeholders’ forum
 1 file(s)  24 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Keynote address by the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena M. Mwilu at the 5th Heads of Station Forum 2018. 25th – 29th March 2018. Mombasa.
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 27, 2018 Download
Keynote Address Deputy Chief Justice Philomena M. Mwilu at the 43rd Sheria Sacco Annual General Meeting. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi. 23rd March 2018.
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 27, 2018 Download
DCJ speech during the launch a report on Justice Needs Satisfaction Survey
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
DCJ Speeches March 8, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu during 12th Parliament’s Post-Election Seminar for Members of the National Assembly in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  52 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2018 Download
DCJ Speech during the launch of the NCAJ committee on Criminal Justice Reform
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu during the launch of the Judiciary Mediation Service Week, Milimani Law Courts December 4, 2017.
 1 file(s)  8773 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu during the opening of the 2017 Judges Colloquium Mombasa. 3rd July 2017.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by DCJ at the swearing in of members of Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by DCJ during the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) 2017 Africa Region Conference held in Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks By The Deputy Chief Justice of The Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of The Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu During The Launch of The National Gender and Equality Commission Report on “The Drivers of Child Pregnancy in Kenya” 25th April 2017, Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu during the opening of the CWAG-AG Kenya seminar on Human Trafficking and International Organised Crimes. April 12, 2017, Windsor Golf and Country Club, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu, The Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice President of the Supreme Court at the 2nd Annual Legislative Summit 19th to 23rd March 2017, Mombasa County.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu during the opening of the 4th Annual Devolution Conference 7th to 9th March 2017, KWS Training Institute, Naivasha.
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu during the inauguration of the High Court and Environment and Land Court, Makueni Law Courts. March 2, 2017.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
DCJ remarks during the launch of CJ’s Strategic Blueprint.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
DCJ Remarks CWAG-AG SEMINAR 12.4.17
 1 file(s)  5 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download

 

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Title
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu at ELC Annual Judges Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  14 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at during the EDR debrief for Court of Appeal Judges in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 30, 2019 Download
DCJ remarks during the launch of Judiciary Organization Review Report
 1 file(s)  93 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches November 15, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
DCJ speech at the launch of Ngong Law Courts Children’s Service Week
 1 file(s)  62 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches July 3, 2018 Download
DCJ speech at the swearing- in ceremony of the new Court of Appeal President
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches June 26, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Mwilu during the Open Day for the Employment & Labour Relations Court Milimani Law Courts 4th May 2018
 1 file(s)  24 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 14, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at opening of National Alternative Dispute Resolution Stakeholders’ forum
 1 file(s)  24 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Keynote address by the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena M. Mwilu at the 5th Heads of Station Forum 2018. 25th – 29th March 2018. Mombasa.
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 27, 2018 Download
Keynote Address Deputy Chief Justice Philomena M. Mwilu at the 43rd Sheria Sacco Annual General Meeting. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi. 23rd March 2018.
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 27, 2018 Download
DCJ speech during the launch a report on Justice Needs Satisfaction Survey
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
DCJ Speeches March 8, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu during 12th Parliament’s Post-Election Seminar for Members of the National Assembly in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  52 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2018 Download
DCJ Speech during the launch of the NCAJ committee on Criminal Justice Reform
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu during the launch of the Judiciary Mediation Service Week, Milimani Law Courts December 4, 2017.
 1 file(s)  8773 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu during the opening of the 2017 Judges Colloquium Mombasa. 3rd July 2017.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by DCJ at the swearing in of members of Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by DCJ during the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) 2017 Africa Region Conference held in Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks By The Deputy Chief Justice of The Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of The Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu During The Launch of The National Gender and Equality Commission Report on “The Drivers of Child Pregnancy in Kenya” 25th April 2017, Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu during the opening of the CWAG-AG Kenya seminar on Human Trafficking and International Organised Crimes. April 12, 2017, Windsor Golf and Country Club, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu, The Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice President of the Supreme Court at the 2nd Annual Legislative Summit 19th to 23rd March 2017, Mombasa County.
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu during the opening of the 4th Annual Devolution Conference 7th to 9th March 2017, KWS Training Institute, Naivasha.
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice P. M. Mwilu during the inauguration of the High Court and Environment and Land Court, Makueni Law Courts. March 2, 2017.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
DCJ remarks during the launch of CJ’s Strategic Blueprint.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
DCJ Remarks CWAG-AG SEMINAR 12.4.17
 1 file(s)  5 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download

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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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