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.

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Chief Justice David Maraga key note address at official opening of the East Africa Arbitration Conference
 1 file(s)  18 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches August 29, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  63 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches August 21, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at official opening of new court building at Nyamira
 1 file(s)  23 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches August 16, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at the official opening of a new court building at Vihiga Law Courts
 1 file(s)  44 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches July 12, 2019 Download
Speech by Chief Justice David Maraga at official launch of the Third Cycle Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report
 1 file(s)  47 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 20, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu at ELC Annual Judges Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  59 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Chief Justice David Maraga at the Oxford Union Conference, 4th June 2019, Oxford University, United Kingdom
 1 file(s)  210 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 5, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at during the EDR debrief for Court of Appeal Judges in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  27 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 30, 2019 Download
Speech by CRJ Anne Amadi at PMMU report launch
 1 file(s)  38 downloads
CRJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 20, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga the Peer Learning Seminar between Spain & Kenya on Criminal Justice System in relation to Gender-Based Violence
 1 file(s)  0 download
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches May 16, 2019 Please login to download
Remarks by Court of Appeal President Justice William Ouko at opening of the Court of Appeal, Mombasa. April 12, 2019
 1 file(s)  43 downloads
Downloads, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches April 15, 2019 Download
Chief Justice David Maraga Talking Notes for the Swearing in of the Inspector General of Police
 1 file(s)  33 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches April 8, 2019 Download
CJ David Maraga Speech during the admission ceremony of advocates to the Bar, March 13, 2019
 1 file(s)  49 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches March 13, 2019 Download
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)  64 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga during presentation of the State of the Judiciary & the Administration of Justice Annual Report, 2017 – 2018
 1 file(s)  60 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches March 1, 2019 Download
Remarks by Justice Hannah Okwengu, President of KWJA
 1 file(s)  29 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at Women Justice Actors regional conference
 1 file(s)  58 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at 2018 EAMJA Annual Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  67 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches October 23, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at launch of the Criminal Procedure Bench Book
 1 file(s)  1781 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches September 21, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at High Security Kahawa Court Ground Breaking Ceremony
 1 file(s)  2844 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches September 17, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at the Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  105 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  45 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
Remarks by Justice William Ouko, President, Court of Appeal, at luncheon in honour of the AG and immediate former President of the Court of Appeal Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki
 1 file(s)  99 downloads
Downloads, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches June 8, 2018 Download
CJ speech at the Environment and Land Court Judges 2018 Annual Conference, Mombasa
 1 file(s)  51 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches June 5, 2018 Download
Speech by Chief Justice David K. Maraga at the 2018 Diaspora Conference Dallas, Texas, USA. 25 May 2018
 1 file(s)  36 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches May 30, 2018 Download
Remarks by the CJ David Maraga at the Installation Ceremony of the Principal Judge Lady Justice Lydia Awino Achode, Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi 15th May, 2018
 1 file(s)  21 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 15, 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)  27 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 14, 2018 Download
Keynote Address by Chief Justice David Maraga during EACC Workshop Nanyuki, on May 8, 2018
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 9, 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)  36 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 27, 2018 Download
Remarks by CJ David Maraga during the launch of Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017 on April 27, 2018
 1 file(s)  41 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, 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)  27 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)  52 downloads
CJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download

 

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Title
Chief Justice David Maraga key note address at official opening of the East Africa Arbitration Conference
 1 file(s)  18 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches August 29, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  63 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches August 21, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at official opening of new court building at Nyamira
 1 file(s)  23 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches August 16, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at the official opening of a new court building at Vihiga Law Courts
 1 file(s)  44 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches July 12, 2019 Download
Speech by Chief Justice David Maraga at official launch of the Third Cycle Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report
 1 file(s)  47 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 20, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu at ELC Annual Judges Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  59 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 6, 2019 Download
Remarks by Chief Justice David Maraga at the Oxford Union Conference, 4th June 2019, Oxford University, United Kingdom
 1 file(s)  210 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches June 5, 2019 Download
Remarks by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at during the EDR debrief for Court of Appeal Judges in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  27 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 30, 2019 Download
Speech by CRJ Anne Amadi at PMMU report launch
 1 file(s)  38 downloads
CRJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 20, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga the Peer Learning Seminar between Spain & Kenya on Criminal Justice System in relation to Gender-Based Violence
 1 file(s)  0 download
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches May 16, 2019 Please login to download
Remarks by Court of Appeal President Justice William Ouko at opening of the Court of Appeal, Mombasa. April 12, 2019
 1 file(s)  43 downloads
Downloads, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches April 15, 2019 Download
Chief Justice David Maraga Talking Notes for the Swearing in of the Inspector General of Police
 1 file(s)  33 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches April 8, 2019 Download
CJ David Maraga Speech during the admission ceremony of advocates to the Bar, March 13, 2019
 1 file(s)  49 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches March 13, 2019 Download
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)  64 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches, Speeches March 6, 2019 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga during presentation of the State of the Judiciary & the Administration of Justice Annual Report, 2017 – 2018
 1 file(s)  60 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches March 1, 2019 Download
Remarks by Justice Hannah Okwengu, President of KWJA
 1 file(s)  29 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at Women Justice Actors regional conference
 1 file(s)  58 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches November 30, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at 2018 EAMJA Annual Conference in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  67 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches October 23, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at launch of the Criminal Procedure Bench Book
 1 file(s)  1781 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches September 21, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ Maraga at High Security Kahawa Court Ground Breaking Ceremony
 1 file(s)  2844 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches September 17, 2018 Download
Speech by CJ David Maraga at the Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  105 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
Speech by Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu at Judges’ Colloquium in Mombasa
 1 file(s)  45 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches August 20, 2018 Download
Remarks by Justice William Ouko, President, Court of Appeal, at luncheon in honour of the AG and immediate former President of the Court of Appeal Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki
 1 file(s)  99 downloads
Downloads, Other Speeches, PCA Speeches June 8, 2018 Download
CJ speech at the Environment and Land Court Judges 2018 Annual Conference, Mombasa
 1 file(s)  51 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches June 5, 2018 Download
Speech by Chief Justice David K. Maraga at the 2018 Diaspora Conference Dallas, Texas, USA. 25 May 2018
 1 file(s)  36 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches, Speeches May 30, 2018 Download
Remarks by the CJ David Maraga at the Installation Ceremony of the Principal Judge Lady Justice Lydia Awino Achode, Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi 15th May, 2018
 1 file(s)  21 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 15, 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)  27 downloads
DCJ Speeches, Downloads, Other Speeches May 14, 2018 Download
Keynote Address by Chief Justice David Maraga during EACC Workshop Nanyuki, on May 8, 2018
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
CJ Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches May 9, 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)  36 downloads
Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 27, 2018 Download
Remarks by CJ David Maraga during the launch of Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017 on April 27, 2018
 1 file(s)  41 downloads
CJ Speeches, Downloads, 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)  27 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)  52 downloads
CJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches April 12, 2018 Download

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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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