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

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 1 file(s)  423 downloads
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 1 file(s)  405 downloads
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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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