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

 

Title
Simplified Resource Tool on Inheritance and Related Family Law Practice in Kenya
 1 file(s)  5840 downloads
Downloads, Family Court Matters, High Court, Publications, Reports, Reports June 14, 2018 Download
Form 110 – Summons for Rectification of Grant.
 1 file(s)  413 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 109 – Summons for Confirmation of a Grant within six months under section 71 (3) of the Act.
 1 file(s)  253 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 108 – Summons for Confirmation of Grant ( General Form).
 1 file(s)  572 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 104 – Summons (General Form).
 1 file(s)  958 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 103 – Return of Grants made or confirmed.
 1 file(s)  118 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 93 – Petition by Attorney of Executor for letters of administration with written will annexed, executor being absent from Kenya and there being no executor within Kenya willing to act.
 1 file(s)  79 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 90B – Limited rant of Letters of Administration ad litem (L. N. 39 of 2009)
 1 file(s)  469 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 89 – Petition for Letters of Administration intestate or with will annexed for sole use of person of unsound mind.
 1 file(s)  92 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 87 – Petition for Letters of Administration with written will annexed of assets unadministered.
 1 file(s)  111 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 86 – Petition for Letters of Administration intestate of assets unadministered.
 1 file(s)  188 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 85A – Petition for Special Limited Grant.
 1 file(s)  659 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 84 – Petition by way of cross-application for a grant.
 1 file(s)  147 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 82 – Petition to High Court by Attorney of the personal representative for sealing of a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  151 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 81 – Petition to High Court by personal representative for the sealing of a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  162 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 80 – Petition for letters of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  8989 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 79 – Petition for letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  346 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 78 – Petition for probate of written will or for proof of oral will.
 1 file(s)  610 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 76 – Objection to making of Grant (General Form).
 1 file(s)  368 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 73 – Notice to Principal Registry of Application for a Grant.
 1 file(s)  188 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 72 – Notice to High Court of another country of sealing a grant.
 1 file(s)  92 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 71 – Notice by High Court Registry of Application for sealing a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  88 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 66 – Notice of withdrawal of Objection.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 65 – Notice of withdrawal of Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  94 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 64 – Notice of withdrawal of answer and cross-application.
 1 file(s)  80 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 63 – Notice of Appointment of Advocate by a personal applicant for a Grant.
 1 file(s)  208 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 62 – Notice of amendment of Application for Grant
 1 file(s)  141 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 61 – Notice by Registry of Objection to Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  161 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 60 – Public Notice by the Registry of Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  217 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 59 – Index card – Particulars of application for grant.
 1 file(s)  238 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 58 – Guarantee by sureties for personal representative on sealing for personal representative on sealing of grant of probate or letters of administration issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  91 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 57 – Guarantee by personal sureties (General Form)
 1 file(s)  840 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 56 – Guarantee by a corporation as surety.
 1 file(s)  77 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 54 – Certificate of Confirmation of Grant.
 1 file(s)  822 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 50 – Limited grant of Letters of Administration with will annexed to Attorney of Executor absent from Kenya.
 1 file(s)  148 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 45 – Grant of probate of written will.
 1 file(s)  231 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 44 – Grant of probate of oral will.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 43 – Grant of letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  109 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 43 – Grant of letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  168 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 42 – Grant of letters of administration with the terms of oral will annexed.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 41 – Grant of letters of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  820 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 38 – Consent to making a grant.
 1 file(s)  1095 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 37 – Consent to confirmation of grant (General Form).
 1 file(s)  5115 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 37B – Consent of mode of distribution of estate.
 1 file(s)  506 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 30 – Certificate of Principal Registrar that no grant has been made or applied for.
 1 file(s)  189 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 26 – Entry of appearance (General Form)
 1 file(s)  439 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 25 – Answer to petition for a grant.
 1 file(s)  26453 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 17 – Affidavit in support of summons by a child of the deceased ( or if a minor, his representative) under section 35 (3) of the act.
 1 file(s)  169 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 14 – Affidavit in support of summons for the revocation or annulment of grant.
 1 file(s)  287 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 14A – Affidavit in support of petition for revocation of probate of a will and issue of new probate of the same will and a codicil thereto discovered since the grant.
 1 file(s)  140 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 13 – Affidavit in support of summons for rectification of grant.
 1 file(s)  257 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 12 – Affidavit of justification of proposed administrator.
 1 file(s)  1026 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 11 – Affidavit of justification of proposed sureties.
 1 file(s)  940 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 10 – Affidavit of protest against confirmation of grant.
 1 file(s)  437 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 9 – Affidavit in support of summons for confirmation of grant of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  622 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 8 – Affidavit in support of summons for confirmation of grant of probate or letters of administration with will annexed.
 1 file(s)  435 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 7 – Affidavit in support of petition by personal representative for sealing of grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  80086 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 5 – Affidavit in support of petition for letters of administration intestate
 1 file(s)  1915 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 4 – Affidavit in support of petition for proof of oral will.
 1 file(s)  369 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 3- Affidavit in support of petition for probate or for letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  5056 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download

 

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

Title
Simplified Resource Tool on Inheritance and Related Family Law Practice in Kenya
 1 file(s)  5840 downloads
Downloads, Family Court Matters, High Court, Publications, Reports, Reports June 14, 2018 Download
Form 110 – Summons for Rectification of Grant.
 1 file(s)  413 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 109 – Summons for Confirmation of a Grant within six months under section 71 (3) of the Act.
 1 file(s)  253 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 108 – Summons for Confirmation of Grant ( General Form).
 1 file(s)  572 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 104 – Summons (General Form).
 1 file(s)  958 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 103 – Return of Grants made or confirmed.
 1 file(s)  118 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 93 – Petition by Attorney of Executor for letters of administration with written will annexed, executor being absent from Kenya and there being no executor within Kenya willing to act.
 1 file(s)  79 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 90B – Limited rant of Letters of Administration ad litem (L. N. 39 of 2009)
 1 file(s)  469 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 89 – Petition for Letters of Administration intestate or with will annexed for sole use of person of unsound mind.
 1 file(s)  92 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 87 – Petition for Letters of Administration with written will annexed of assets unadministered.
 1 file(s)  111 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 86 – Petition for Letters of Administration intestate of assets unadministered.
 1 file(s)  188 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 85A – Petition for Special Limited Grant.
 1 file(s)  659 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 84 – Petition by way of cross-application for a grant.
 1 file(s)  147 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 82 – Petition to High Court by Attorney of the personal representative for sealing of a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  151 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 81 – Petition to High Court by personal representative for the sealing of a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  162 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 80 – Petition for letters of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  8989 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 79 – Petition for letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  346 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 78 – Petition for probate of written will or for proof of oral will.
 1 file(s)  610 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 76 – Objection to making of Grant (General Form).
 1 file(s)  368 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 73 – Notice to Principal Registry of Application for a Grant.
 1 file(s)  188 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 72 – Notice to High Court of another country of sealing a grant.
 1 file(s)  92 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 71 – Notice by High Court Registry of Application for sealing a grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  88 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 66 – Notice of withdrawal of Objection.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 65 – Notice of withdrawal of Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  94 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 64 – Notice of withdrawal of answer and cross-application.
 1 file(s)  80 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 63 – Notice of Appointment of Advocate by a personal applicant for a Grant.
 1 file(s)  208 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 62 – Notice of amendment of Application for Grant
 1 file(s)  141 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 61 – Notice by Registry of Objection to Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  161 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 60 – Public Notice by the Registry of Application for Grant.
 1 file(s)  217 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 59 – Index card – Particulars of application for grant.
 1 file(s)  238 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 58 – Guarantee by sureties for personal representative on sealing for personal representative on sealing of grant of probate or letters of administration issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  91 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 57 – Guarantee by personal sureties (General Form)
 1 file(s)  840 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 56 – Guarantee by a corporation as surety.
 1 file(s)  77 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 54 – Certificate of Confirmation of Grant.
 1 file(s)  822 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 50 – Limited grant of Letters of Administration with will annexed to Attorney of Executor absent from Kenya.
 1 file(s)  148 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 45 – Grant of probate of written will.
 1 file(s)  231 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 44 – Grant of probate of oral will.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 43 – Grant of letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  109 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 43 – Grant of letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  168 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 42 – Grant of letters of administration with the terms of oral will annexed.
 1 file(s)  127 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 41 – Grant of letters of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  820 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 38 – Consent to making a grant.
 1 file(s)  1095 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 37 – Consent to confirmation of grant (General Form).
 1 file(s)  5115 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 37B – Consent of mode of distribution of estate.
 1 file(s)  506 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 30 – Certificate of Principal Registrar that no grant has been made or applied for.
 1 file(s)  189 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 26 – Entry of appearance (General Form)
 1 file(s)  439 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 25 – Answer to petition for a grant.
 1 file(s)  26453 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 17 – Affidavit in support of summons by a child of the deceased ( or if a minor, his representative) under section 35 (3) of the act.
 1 file(s)  169 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 14 – Affidavit in support of summons for the revocation or annulment of grant.
 1 file(s)  287 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 14A – Affidavit in support of petition for revocation of probate of a will and issue of new probate of the same will and a codicil thereto discovered since the grant.
 1 file(s)  140 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 13 – Affidavit in support of summons for rectification of grant.
 1 file(s)  257 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 12 – Affidavit of justification of proposed administrator.
 1 file(s)  1026 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 11 – Affidavit of justification of proposed sureties.
 1 file(s)  940 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 10 – Affidavit of protest against confirmation of grant.
 1 file(s)  437 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 9 – Affidavit in support of summons for confirmation of grant of administration intestate.
 1 file(s)  622 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 8 – Affidavit in support of summons for confirmation of grant of probate or letters of administration with will annexed.
 1 file(s)  435 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 7 – Affidavit in support of petition by personal representative for sealing of grant issued in another country.
 1 file(s)  80086 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 5 – Affidavit in support of petition for letters of administration intestate
 1 file(s)  1915 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 4 – Affidavit in support of petition for proof of oral will.
 1 file(s)  369 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 2018 Download
Form 3- Affidavit in support of petition for probate or for letters of administration with written will annexed.
 1 file(s)  5056 downloads
Family Court Matters March 26, 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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