Courts

The Subordinate courts are the courts established under Article 169 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

They are;

1). The Magistrates’ Courts

2). The Kadhis’ Courts

3.) The Court Martial and

4.) Any other court or local tribunal as may be established by an Act of Parliament.

 

Jurisdiction

1). Criminal Jurisdiction

As a court of first instance, the magistrates’ court has jurisdiction and powers in proceedings of a criminal nature as are for the time being conferred on it by;

        (a)The Criminal Procedure Code (Cap.75 of the Laws of Kenya) or

        (b)Any other written Law.

 
2).   Civil Jurisdiction

The magistrates’ courts shall have and exercise jurisdiction and powers in proceedings of a civil nature in which the value of the subject matter in dispute does not exceed;

(a)  20 Million shillings, where the court is presided over by a Chief Magistrate;

(b)  15 Million shillings, where the court is presided over by a Senior Principal Magistrate;

(c)  10 Million shillings, where the court is presided over by a Principal Magistrate;

(d)  7 Million shillings, where the court is presided over by a Senior Resident Magistrate; or

(e)  5 Million shillings, where the court is presided over by a Resident Magistrate.

 

Special courts have been established to hear and determine matters filed therein.
They include;

1). The Anti-corruption Court

2). The Children Court

The above courts are manned by magistrates gazetted for that purpose by the Honourable Chief Justice. Magistrates Courts also have jurisdiction to hear and determine traffic matters in the manner provided for under the Traffic Act, Cap.403 of the Laws of Kenya.

3). Appeals

Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the magistrates’ court, arising either from a criminal or civil trial can appeal to the High Court.   
        

 KADHIS’ COURTS

Kadhis’ Courts are established under Article 170 of the Constitution.  Their jurisdiction is limited to the determination of questions of Muslim Law relating to personal status, marriage, divorce or inheritance in proceedings in which all the parties profess the Muslim Religion and submit to the jurisdiction of the Kadhis’ courts.

Courts Martial

The Court Martial hears cases involving people serving in the Military. They are established under the Armed Forces Act.

Tribunals

Tribunals are bodies established by Acts of Parliament to exercise judicial or quasi-judicial functions. They supplement ordinary courts in the administration of justice. Tribunals, however, do not have penal jurisdiction.

Tribunals, like the courts, have to respect the Bill of Rights in their decisions and not be repugnant to justice and morality or be inconsistent with the Constitution or other laws of the land. Most tribunals are subject to the supervision of the High Court.  All tribunals fall under the Judiciary.

 

COURTS’ ADDRESSES

 

1. NAIROBI COUNTY
S/NO COURT STATION ADDRESS TOWN
1. CITY COURT BOX 30041-00100 NAIROBI
2. MILIMANI COMMERCIAL BOX 30420 NAIROBI
3. MAKADARA LAW COURTS BOX 17172-00510 NAIROBI
4. KIBERA LAW COURTS BOX 21039-00505 NAIROBI
5. MILIMANI LAW COURTS BOX 30041-00100 NAIROBI
  KADHIS’ COURT – UPPERHILL    
6. JKIA LAW COURTS BOX 19051-00501 NAIROBI
2. KISUMU COUNTY
7. KISUMU BOX 126 KISUMU
8. WINAM BOX 4786 WINAM/KISUMU
9. MASENO BOX 215 MASENO
10. NYANDO BOX 12 AHERO
11. TAMU BOX 125 MUHORONI
3. SIAYA COUNTY
12. SIAYA BOX 67 SIAYA
13. BONDO BOX 177 BONDO
14. UKWALA BOX 68 UKWALA
4. HOMA-BAY COUNTY
15. HOMA-BAY BOX 40 HOMA-BAY
16. MBITA BOX 122 MBITA
17. OYUGIS BOX 346 OYUGIS
18. NDHIWA BOX 134 NDHIWA
5. MIGORI COUNTY
19. MIGORI BOX 241 SUNA MIGORI
20. RONGO BOX 96 RONGO
21. KEHANCHA BOX 71 KEHANCHA
6. KISII COUNTY
22. KISII BOX 69 KISII
23. KEROKA BOX 497 KEROKA
24 OGEMBO BOX 313 OGEMBO
       
7. NYAMIRA COUNTY
25. NYAMIRA BOX 10 NYAMIRA
8. KAKAMEGA COUNTY
26. KAKAMEGA BOX 22 KAKAMEGA
27. MUMIAS BOX 58 MUMIAS
28. BUTERE BOX 241 BUTERE
29. BUTALI BOX 46 MALAVA
9. VIHIGA COUNTY
30 VIHIGA BOX 230 VIHIGA
31. HAMISI BOX 34 HAMISI
10. BUNGOMA COUNTY
32. BUNGOMA BOX 365 BUNGOMA
33. WEBUYE BOX 459 WEBUYE
34. KIMILILI BOX 22 KIMILILI
35. SIRISIA BOX 2 SIRISIA
11. BUSIA COUNTY
36. BUSIA BOX 161 BUSIA (K)
12. NAKURU COUNTY
37. NAKURU BOX 61 NAKURU
38. MOLO BOX 173 MOLO
39. ELDAMA RAVINE BOX 236 ELDAMA RAVINE
40. NAIVASHA BOX 81 NAIVASHA
13. BARINGO COUNTY
41. KABARNET BOX 66 KABARNET
14. SAMBURU COUNTY
42. MARARAL BOX 11 MARARAL
15. LAIKIPIA COUNTY
43. NANYUKI BOX 252 NANYUKI
44. NYAHURURU BOX 234 NYAHURURU
16. KERICHO COUNTY
45. KERICHO BOX 69 KERICHO
17. BOMET COUNTY
46. BOMET BOX 21 BOMET
47. SOTIK BOX 134 SOTIK
18. NAROK COUNTY
48. NAROK BOX 75 NAROK
49. KILGORIS BOX 173 KILGORIS
19. KAJIADO COUNTY
50. KAJIADO BOX 73 KAJIADO
51. NGONG BOX 1050-00208 NGONG
52. LOITOKTOK BOX 343 LOITOKTOK
20. TURKANA COUNTY
53. LODWAR BOX 54 LODWAR
54. KAKUMA BOX 3 KAKUMA
21. WEST POKOT COUNTY
55. KAPENGURIA BOX 129 KAPENGURIA
22. UASIN GISHU COUNTY
56. ELDORET BOX 141 ELDORET
23. NANDI COUNTY
57. KAPSABET BOX 280 KAPSABET
24. TRANS NZOIA COUNTY
58. KITALE BOX 641 KITALE
25. ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY
59. ITEN BOX 222 ITEN
26. NYERI COUNTY
60. NYERI BOX 70 NYERI
61. OTHAYA BOX 88 OTHAYA
62. KARATINA BOX 356 KARATINA
63. MUKURWE-INI BOX 71 MUKURWE-INI
27. KIRINYAGA COUNTY
64. KERUGOYA BOX 17 KERUGOYA
65. BARICHO BOX 58 BARICHO
66. GICHUGU BOX 1060 KIANYAGA
67. WANG’URU BOX 20 WANG’URU
28. NYANDARUA COUNTY
68. ENGINEER BOX 208 NORTH KINANGOP
29. MURANG’A COUNTY
69. MURANG’A BOX 146 MURANGA
70. KANGEMA BOX 101 KANGEMA
71. KIGUMO BOX 89 KIGUMO
72. KANDARA BOX 18 KANDARA
30. KIAMBU COUNTY
73. THIKA BOX 143  THIKA
74.      
75. GATUNDU BOX 298 GATUNDU
76. KIAMBU BOX 87 KIAMBU
77. GITHUNGURI BOX 32 GITHUNGURI
78. KIKUYU BOX 163 KIKUYU
79. LIMURU BOX 106 LIMURU
31. EMBU COUNTY
80. EMBU BOX 256 EMBU
81. RUNYENJES BOX 26 RUNYENJES
82. SIAKAGO BOX 93 SIAKAGO
32. MERU COUNTY
83. MERU BOX 118 MERU
84. NKUBU BOX 76 NKUBU VIA MERU
85. MAUA BOX 68 MAUA, MERU
86. TIGANIA BOX 48 KIANJAI
87. GITHONGO BOX 86 GITHONGO
33. THARAKA NITHI COUNTY
88. CHUKA BOX 73 CHUKA
89. MARIMANTI BOX 80 MARIMANTI
34. MACHAKOS COUNTY
90. MACHAKOS BOX 145 MACHAKOS
91. KITHIMANI BOX 5 KITHIMANI
92. KANGUNDO BOX 1069 KANGUNDO
93. MAVOKO BOX 197-00204 MAVOKO
35. MAKUENI COUNTY
94. MAKUENI BOX 145 MAKUENI
95. TAWA BOX 15 TAWA
96. KILUNGU BOX 74 NUNGUNI
97. MAKINDU BOX 300 MAKINDU
       
36. KITUI COUNTY
98. KITUI BOX 176 KITUI
99. MUTOMO BOX 55 MUTOMO
100. MWINGI BOX 159 MWINGI
101. KYUSO BOX 141 KYUSO
37. MARSABIT COUNTY
102. MARSABIT BOX 137 MARSABIT
103. MOYALE BOX 266 MOYALE
38. ISIOLO COUNTY
104. ISIOLO BOX 244 ISIOLO
39. WAJIR COUNTY
105.

 

 

WAJIR

 

HABASWEIN KADHIS CT.

BOX 134

 

BOX 102-70201

WAJIR

 

HABASWEIN

40. MANDERA COUNTY
106. MANDERA BOX 428 MANDERA
  ELWAK KADHIS COURT BOX 70301 – 138 ELWAK
41. GARISSA COUNTY
107. GARISSA

 

BOX 68 GARISSA
42. MOMBASA COUNTY
108. MOMBASA BOX 90140 MOMBASA
109. TONONOKA C/O MOMBASA MOMBASA
  CHIEF KADHIS COURT MSA. BOX 90140 MOMBASA
110. SHANZU 1012-80109 MTWAPA
43. TAITA TAVETA COUNTY
111. VOI BOX 110 VOI
112. WUNDANYI BOX 1056 WUNDANYI
113. TAVETA BOX 179 TAVETA
44. KWALE COUNTY
114. KWALE BOX 31 KWALE
115. MSAMBWEINI   MSAMBWEINI
45. KILIFI COUNTY
116. MALINDI BOX 2 MALINDI
117. MARIAKANI BOX 82 MARIAKANI
118. KALOLENI BOX 2 KALOLENI
119. KILIFI BOX 287 KILIFI
46. TANA RIVER COUNTY
120. GARSEN BOX 30 GARSEN
121. HOLA BOX 143 HOLA
47. LAMU COUNTY
122. LAMU BOX 69 LAMU
123. MPEKETONI BOX 76 MPEKETONI

 

 

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