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
PUBLIC NOTICE – 2019 Annual Magistrates & Kadhis Colloquium
 1 file(s)  107 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 3, 2019 Download
Call for submissions on landmark Alternative Justice System policy
 1 file(s)  36 downloads
Downloads, Notices February 8, 2019 Download
Public Notice- Kilifi Law Courts Children Service Week
 1 file(s)  20 downloads
Downloads, Notices November 23, 2018 Download
ANNUAL MAGISTRATES & KADHIS COLLOQUIUM JUNE 17 – 30, 2018
 1 file(s)  112 downloads
Downloads, Notice, Notices June 2, 2018 Download
Notice – Milimani Criminal Courts to clear case backlog in May 2018
 1 file(s)  89 downloads
Downloads, Notices May 4, 2018 Download
Status on Elections Petition Appeals as at April 20
 1 file(s)  97 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 20, 2018 Download
Employment and Labour Relations Court Service Week Notice of case clearance
 1 file(s)  282 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Friday, 20 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  216 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Thursday, 19 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  78 downloads
Cause Lists, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  71 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  65 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Recruitment of nominee of the Judicial Service Commission to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Monday, 16 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  236 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, ELRC, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Frequently Asked Questions on Election Appeals to the Court of Appeal
 1 file(s)  41 downloads
Court of Appeal, Downloads, Notices April 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court of Kenya Easter Vacation, 2018
 1 file(s)  121 downloads
Notices, Supreme Court April 6, 2018 Download
Prequalification of Suppliers for Supply of Goods, Services and Works for the Financial Years 2018/2019-2019/2020
 1 file(s)  4276 downloads
Notices, Prequalification of Suppliers March 7, 2018 Download
Interviews schedule for Court Bailiffs and Process Servers
 1 file(s)  284 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Vacancies Announcement at Judiciary Training Institute (JTI)
 1 file(s)  373 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Substituted Service. Petition No. 292 of 2016. The High Court at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) Vacancies announcement
 1 file(s)  53 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Chairperson of the National Civil Aviation Administrative Review Tribunal (Re-Advertisement)
 1 file(s)  18 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Chairperson of the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal (Re-Advertisement)
 1 file(s)  28 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Vacancies for the position of: Resident Magistrate – 50 posts
 1 file(s)  262 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice – Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  27 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice – Court session, Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice to the public – interruption of normal operations in superior courts.
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Revised Judiciary Training Master Calendar for January – June, 2017
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Applicants and shortlisted candidates Members of Political Parties Disputes Tribunal
 1 file(s)  16041 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
JSC Law Clerks Advert
 1 file(s)  130 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice of disruption of court operations 28th and 29th September, 2017
 1 file(s)  12 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
List of Accredited Mediators as at 25th February 2017
 1 file(s)  34 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Public views on Court of Appeal (Election Petition) Revised Rules 2017
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Public Notice – Determination of Presidential Election Petition(s)
 1 file(s)  50 downloads
Notices, Presidential Petitions March 1, 2018 Download
3rd Respondent Pleadings.
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for Amicus.
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Dr. Ekuru Aukot
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application to be enjoined as Amicus Curiae 2017 – Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK).
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for leave to be joined as an interested party – Isaac Aluochier.
 1 file(s)  187 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Prof. Micheal Wainaina Mwaura
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Charles Kanjama
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for Interested Party – Benjamin Barasa.
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
LSK AC Application
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Supreme Court Registry Opening hours – Presidential Election Petition
 1 file(s)  42 downloads
Notices, Presidential Petitions March 1, 2018 Download
Judiciary Training Master Calendar July 2017 – June 2018
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Notices December 17, 2017 Download
Court Annexed Mediation FAQs.
 1 file(s)  221 downloads
Notices December 17, 2017 Download
Advert – Vacancies for the position of: Resident Magistrate – 50 posts
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices May 3, 2017 Download
Notice – Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Notices May 3, 2017 Download
Vacancy – Chairperson of the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
Substituted Service. Petition No. 292 of 2016.
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
May – August 2016, Issue No. E010
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
New Fees
 1 file(s)  12797 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download

 

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

Title
PUBLIC NOTICE – 2019 Annual Magistrates & Kadhis Colloquium
 1 file(s)  107 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 3, 2019 Download
Call for submissions on landmark Alternative Justice System policy
 1 file(s)  36 downloads
Downloads, Notices February 8, 2019 Download
Public Notice- Kilifi Law Courts Children Service Week
 1 file(s)  20 downloads
Downloads, Notices November 23, 2018 Download
ANNUAL MAGISTRATES & KADHIS COLLOQUIUM JUNE 17 – 30, 2018
 1 file(s)  112 downloads
Downloads, Notice, Notices June 2, 2018 Download
Notice – Milimani Criminal Courts to clear case backlog in May 2018
 1 file(s)  89 downloads
Downloads, Notices May 4, 2018 Download
Status on Elections Petition Appeals as at April 20
 1 file(s)  97 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 20, 2018 Download
Employment and Labour Relations Court Service Week Notice of case clearance
 1 file(s)  282 downloads
Downloads, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Friday, 20 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  216 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Thursday, 19 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  78 downloads
Cause Lists, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  71 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  65 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Recruitment of nominee of the Judicial Service Commission to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Cause List. Service Week. Monday, 16 April 2018. Employment and Labour Relations Court, Nairobi.
 1 file(s)  236 downloads
Cause Lists, Downloads, ELRC, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Notices April 13, 2018 Download
Frequently Asked Questions on Election Appeals to the Court of Appeal
 1 file(s)  41 downloads
Court of Appeal, Downloads, Notices April 4, 2018 Download
Supreme Court of Kenya Easter Vacation, 2018
 1 file(s)  121 downloads
Notices, Supreme Court April 6, 2018 Download
Prequalification of Suppliers for Supply of Goods, Services and Works for the Financial Years 2018/2019-2019/2020
 1 file(s)  4276 downloads
Notices, Prequalification of Suppliers March 7, 2018 Download
Interviews schedule for Court Bailiffs and Process Servers
 1 file(s)  284 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Vacancies Announcement at Judiciary Training Institute (JTI)
 1 file(s)  373 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Substituted Service. Petition No. 292 of 2016. The High Court at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) Vacancies announcement
 1 file(s)  53 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Chairperson of the National Civil Aviation Administrative Review Tribunal (Re-Advertisement)
 1 file(s)  18 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Chairperson of the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal (Re-Advertisement)
 1 file(s)  28 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Vacancies for the position of: Resident Magistrate – 50 posts
 1 file(s)  262 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice – Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  27 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice – Court session, Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice to the public – interruption of normal operations in superior courts.
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Revised Judiciary Training Master Calendar for January – June, 2017
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Applicants and shortlisted candidates Members of Political Parties Disputes Tribunal
 1 file(s)  16041 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
JSC Law Clerks Advert
 1 file(s)  130 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Notice of disruption of court operations 28th and 29th September, 2017
 1 file(s)  12 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
List of Accredited Mediators as at 25th February 2017
 1 file(s)  34 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Public views on Court of Appeal (Election Petition) Revised Rules 2017
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices February 27, 2018 Download
Public Notice – Determination of Presidential Election Petition(s)
 1 file(s)  50 downloads
Notices, Presidential Petitions March 1, 2018 Download
3rd Respondent Pleadings.
 1 file(s)  11 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for Amicus.
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Dr. Ekuru Aukot
 1 file(s)  7 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application to be enjoined as Amicus Curiae 2017 – Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK).
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for leave to be joined as an interested party – Isaac Aluochier.
 1 file(s)  187 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Prof. Micheal Wainaina Mwaura
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Charles Kanjama
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Application for Interested Party – Benjamin Barasa.
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
LSK AC Application
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Notices December 18, 2017 Download
Supreme Court Registry Opening hours – Presidential Election Petition
 1 file(s)  42 downloads
Notices, Presidential Petitions March 1, 2018 Download
Judiciary Training Master Calendar July 2017 – June 2018
 1 file(s)  8 downloads
Notices December 17, 2017 Download
Court Annexed Mediation FAQs.
 1 file(s)  221 downloads
Notices December 17, 2017 Download
Advert – Vacancies for the position of: Resident Magistrate – 50 posts
 1 file(s)  10 downloads
Notices May 3, 2017 Download
Notice – Malindi Law Courts
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Notices May 3, 2017 Download
Vacancy – Chairperson of the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
Substituted Service. Petition No. 292 of 2016.
 1 file(s)  22 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
May – August 2016, Issue No. E010
 1 file(s)  25 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 Download
New Fees
 1 file(s)  12797 downloads
Notices January 30, 2017 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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