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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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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Court Users Committee initiative
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Kapenguria – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
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Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Kenya 2017
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Justice Sector Report March 14, 2018 Download
Commercial Cases Status Feb 2018
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Voi – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
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Nanyuki – Environmental and Social Impact Report
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Vihiga Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
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Molo Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
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Isiolo_ Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
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State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Report 2016 – 2017.
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The Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report 2015 – 2016.
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Reports March 5, 2018 Download
J.C.E Annual Report 2016.
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State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice 2014 – 2015.
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2014 -2015 March 5, 2018 Download
Customer, Employee Satisfaction and Work Environment Survey Report.
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Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations (J.W.C.E.P ) Report.
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Report of the Judicial Taskforce on Sentencing.
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State of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice Report 2013 – 2014.
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Report on institutionalizing Performance Management and Measurement in the Judiciary.
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Report of the Task Force to Develop Bail and Bond Policy Guidelines.
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Judiciary Court Case Delays Impact Evaluation Diagnostic Study Report.
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State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Annual Report 2012-2013.
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State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Annual Report 2011-2012.
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Interim Report of the Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations.
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To access the Supreme Court Cause List, Visit http://kenyalaw.org

Title
Court Users Committee initiative
 1 file(s)  33 downloads
Downloads, JPIP, Newsletters, Projects, Publications, Reports, Reports, Reports April 8, 2019 Download
State of the Judiciary & the Administration of Justice Annual Report, 2017 – 2018
 1 file(s)  245 downloads
2017 - 2018, Downloads, Publications, Reports, State of the Judiciary Reports March 5, 2019 Download
Bail and Bond Policy Guidelines
 1 file(s)  333 downloads
Downloads, Publications, Reports September 11, 2018 Download
JCE Annual Report 2017
 1 file(s)  268 downloads
Downloads, Publications, Reports, Reports July 6, 2018 Download
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
Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017
 1 file(s)  379 downloads
Downloads, PMMU Evaluation Report, Reports April 27, 2018 Download
JSC STATEMENT ON AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT AS COVERED IN THE STANDARD
 1 file(s)  81 downloads
JSC Reports, Reports April 9, 2018 Download
Kapenguria – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  14 downloads
Assessment Reports April 4, 2018 Download
Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Kenya 2017
 1 file(s)  207 downloads
Justice Sector Report March 14, 2018 Download
Commercial Cases Status Feb 2018
 1 file(s)  46 downloads
Commercial Cases Report March 5, 2018 Download
Voi – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Kajiado_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Wajir_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Mombasa_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Maralal – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Kwale_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Nyamira-Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  1 download
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Kakamega- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  5 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Olkalau_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Chuka Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Engineer Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Nanyuki – Environmental and Social Impact Report
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Makindu -Environmental And Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Kibra -Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Garissa – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Vihiga Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Tamu Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Siaya Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Oyugis Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  1 download
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Nyando Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Nakuru Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  18 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Molo Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  1 download
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Kigumo Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Assessment Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Isiolo_ Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
 1 file(s)  0 download
Assessment Reports April 4, 2018 Please login to download
State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Report 2016 – 2017.
 1 file(s)  840 downloads
2016 -2017 March 5, 2018 Download
The Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report 2015 – 2016.
 1 file(s)  73 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
J.C.E Annual Report 2016.
 1 file(s)  24 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice 2014 – 2015.
 1 file(s)  139 downloads
2014 -2015 March 5, 2018 Download
Customer, Employee Satisfaction and Work Environment Survey Report.
 1 file(s)  76 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations (J.W.C.E.P ) Report.
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Report of the Judicial Taskforce on Sentencing.
 1 file(s)  62 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
State of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice Report 2013 – 2014.
 1 file(s)  44 downloads
2013 - 2014 March 5, 2018 Download
Report on institutionalizing Performance Management and Measurement in the Judiciary.
 1 file(s)  37 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Report of the Task Force to Develop Bail and Bond Policy Guidelines.
 1 file(s)  26 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
Judiciary Court Case Delays Impact Evaluation Diagnostic Study Report.
 1 file(s)  68 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download
State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Annual Report 2012-2013.
 1 file(s)  62 downloads
2012 - 2013 March 5, 2018 Download
State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Annual Report 2011-2012.
 1 file(s)  64 downloads
2011 - 2012 March 5, 2018 Download
Interim Report of the Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations.
 1 file(s)  9 downloads
Reports March 5, 2018 Download

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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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