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 CJ David Maraga delivered on his behalf by Justice William Ouko, the President of the Court of Appeal at Devolution Conference, 2019 on 5th March 2019 at Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga County
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CJ Speeches, Downloads, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Justice Hannah Okwengu, President of KWJA
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Lady Justice Lydia Achode, Principal Judge High Court maiden speech
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Judges Speeches, PJ speeches, Speeches June 13, 2018 Download
Speech by Justice Agnes Murgor during launch of Performance Management & Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017 on April 27, 2018
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 27, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at opening of National Alternative Dispute Resolution Stakeholders’ forum
 1 file(s)  21 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Keynote address by CJ David Maraga during the 9th Annual African Development Conference at Harvard Law School
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
CJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Hon. Lady Justice Lesiit Speech ODPP Case Review Initiative 22.01.2018
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech delivered by the Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, the President of the Court of Appeal at the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of BAH?’U’LL?H, founder of the BAHÁ’I FAITH on Saturday 11th November, 2017 at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  14 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Keynote address by Lady Justice Pauline Nyamweya during Machakos County Court Users Committee and Chiefs sensitisation Workshop on Dispute Resolution in the Law of Succession, Land Matters and the Sexual Offences Act 10th-11th November 2017 at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County.
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, President, Court Of Appeal at the 26th graduation ceremony of st. Paul’s University. October 6, 2017.
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit at the Nairobi County Criminal Court Users Committee open day held on March 24, 2017 at Kangemi Primary School, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
The Hon. Mr. Justice P. Kihara-Kariuki, PCA, at the Court of Appeal EDR Training held on the 15th-19th March, 2017 at the Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by Hon. Mr. Justice A. Mabeya, Presiding Judge, Meru High Court during the Githongo Law Courts Court Users’ Open Day held on 1st March, 2017.
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Opening Speech by Hon. J. L. Tamar – Principal Magistrate during Eldama Ravine Law Courts Open Day held on Thursday 26th January 2016.
 1 file(s)  20 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
President Court of Appeal speech during the launch of CJ’s Strategic Blueprint.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download

 

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

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Remarks by CJ David Maraga delivered on his behalf by Justice William Ouko, the President of the Court of Appeal at Devolution Conference, 2019 on 5th March 2019 at Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga County
 1 file(s)  39 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Justice Hannah Okwengu, President of KWJA
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Lady Justice Lydia Achode, Principal Judge High Court maiden speech
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Judges Speeches, PJ speeches, Speeches June 13, 2018 Download
Speech by Justice Agnes Murgor during launch of Performance Management & Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017 on April 27, 2018
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 27, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at opening of National Alternative Dispute Resolution Stakeholders’ forum
 1 file(s)  21 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Keynote address by CJ David Maraga during the 9th Annual African Development Conference at Harvard Law School
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
CJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download
Hon. Lady Justice Lesiit Speech ODPP Case Review Initiative 22.01.2018
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech delivered by the Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, the President of the Court of Appeal at the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of BAH?’U’LL?H, founder of the BAHÁ’I FAITH on Saturday 11th November, 2017 at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  14 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Keynote address by Lady Justice Pauline Nyamweya during Machakos County Court Users Committee and Chiefs sensitisation Workshop on Dispute Resolution in the Law of Succession, Land Matters and the Sexual Offences Act 10th-11th November 2017 at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County.
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, President, Court Of Appeal at the 26th graduation ceremony of st. Paul’s University. October 6, 2017.
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Remarks by Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit at the Nairobi County Criminal Court Users Committee open day held on March 24, 2017 at Kangemi Primary School, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
The Hon. Mr. Justice P. Kihara-Kariuki, PCA, at the Court of Appeal EDR Training held on the 15th-19th March, 2017 at the Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Speech by Hon. Mr. Justice A. Mabeya, Presiding Judge, Meru High Court during the Githongo Law Courts Court Users’ Open Day held on 1st March, 2017.
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
Opening Speech by Hon. J. L. Tamar – Principal Magistrate during Eldama Ravine Law Courts Open Day held on Thursday 26th January 2016.
 1 file(s)  20 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 2018 Download
President Court of Appeal speech during the launch of CJ’s Strategic Blueprint.
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Judges Speeches, Speeches March 1, 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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