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
NAIROBI CIVIL APPLICATION No. 201 of 2018
 1 file(s)  175 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Rulings November 19, 2018 Download
Petition 7 of 2018 between Mohamed A.Mahamud and Ahmed A. Mohamad & 3 others – Wajir Application to Adduce Additional Evidence
 1 file(s)  213 downloads
Applications, Courts Decisions, Election Petitions, Rulings, Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Decisions October 2, 2018 Download
COA Election Petition Appeals decisions 2018
 1 file(s)  2035 downloads
Court of Appeal Decisions, Rulings August 1, 2018 Download
Civil Application No (1). 13 of 2018 Alfred Mutua_
 1 file(s)  184 downloads
Courts Decisions, Rulings, Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Decisions June 27, 2018 Download
Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Court Ruling in ACEC MISC APP NO 12 of 2018
 1 file(s)  110 downloads
Courts Decisions, High Court Decisions, Rulings June 19, 2018 Download
ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE NO 8 OF 2018
 1 file(s)  294 downloads
Courts Decisions, Downloads, Magistrates Courts, Rulings June 5, 2018 Download
Pet 1 of 2017 Ojwang SCJ Oct 17
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 1 of 2017 Ruling Oct 17
 1 file(s)  12 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 3 of 2017 Joinder as Respondent Stephen Oganga
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 Interested Party Edward Kings Maina Onyancha
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 Interested Party Ben Caleb Wamaya
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Ruling on Access to Documents Forms 34A 34B 34C Voters Register
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Presidential Election Petition 4 of 2017 – Application too expunge out documents
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 3 of 2017 Application Jubilee Party Interested Party
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of Interested Party Ekuru Aukot
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Interested Party Edward Kings Maina
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Ekuru Aukot Interested Party
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Application to Strike out 4th Respondent NASA
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Application Strike to out Memos
 1 file(s)  15 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 AG Interested Party
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 Application for Consolidation Pkosing-1
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 AG Amicus Curiae Application
 1 file(s)  0 download
Rulings April 4, 2018 Please login to download

 

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

Title
NAIROBI CIVIL APPLICATION No. 201 of 2018
 1 file(s)  175 downloads
Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Court of Appeal Decisions, Courts Decisions, Rulings November 19, 2018 Download
Petition 7 of 2018 between Mohamed A.Mahamud and Ahmed A. Mohamad & 3 others – Wajir Application to Adduce Additional Evidence
 1 file(s)  213 downloads
Applications, Courts Decisions, Election Petitions, Rulings, Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Decisions October 2, 2018 Download
COA Election Petition Appeals decisions 2018
 1 file(s)  2035 downloads
Court of Appeal Decisions, Rulings August 1, 2018 Download
Civil Application No (1). 13 of 2018 Alfred Mutua_
 1 file(s)  184 downloads
Courts Decisions, Rulings, Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Decisions June 27, 2018 Download
Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Court Ruling in ACEC MISC APP NO 12 of 2018
 1 file(s)  110 downloads
Courts Decisions, High Court Decisions, Rulings June 19, 2018 Download
ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE NO 8 OF 2018
 1 file(s)  294 downloads
Courts Decisions, Downloads, Magistrates Courts, Rulings June 5, 2018 Download
Pet 1 of 2017 Ojwang SCJ Oct 17
 1 file(s)  19 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 1 of 2017 Ruling Oct 17
 1 file(s)  12 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 3 of 2017 Joinder as Respondent Stephen Oganga
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 Interested Party Edward Kings Maina Onyancha
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 Interested Party Ben Caleb Wamaya
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Ruling on Access to Documents Forms 34A 34B 34C Voters Register
 1 file(s)  16 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Presidential Election Petition 4 of 2017 – Application too expunge out documents
 1 file(s)  17 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 3 of 2017 Application Jubilee Party Interested Party
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of Interested Party Ekuru Aukot
 1 file(s)  2 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Interested Party Edward Kings Maina
 1 file(s)  4 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Ekuru Aukot Interested Party
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Application to Strike out 4th Respondent NASA
 1 file(s)  13 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 Application Strike to out Memos
 1 file(s)  15 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 of 2017 AG Interested Party
 1 file(s)  6 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 4 Application for Consolidation Pkosing-1
 1 file(s)  3 downloads
Rulings April 4, 2018 Download
Petition 2 of 2017 AG Amicus Curiae Application
 1 file(s)  0 download
Rulings April 4, 2018 Please login to 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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