Leadership

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE 

FUNCTIONS OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE

The Chief Justice is the Head of the Judiciary assisted by the Deputy Chief Justice. The Chief Justice is the President of the Supreme Court and links the Judiciary to other arms of Government.

The Chief Justice assigns duties to the Deputy Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Principal Judge of the High Court and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.

He gives an annual report to the nation on the state of the Judiciary and on the administration of justice; and causes the report to be published in the Gazette, and a copy thereof sent, under the hand of the Chief Justice, to each of the two Clerks of the two Houses of Parliament for it to be placed before the respective Houses for debate and adoption.

He  exercises general direction and control over the Judiciary.

 

 HON. DAVID KENANI MARAGA, CHIEF JUSTICE/PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA

 

DAVID KENANI MARAGA is the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. Prior to his appointment as CJ, Justice Maraga was the Presiding Judge of the Court Of Appeal at Kisumu and the Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee on Elections. He was also Chairperson of the Tribunal appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya that investigated and ruled on the conduct of a Judge of the High Court of Kenya. Prior to his appointment as Judge of the Court of Appeal, he had served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Division of the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi; and Resident Judge at the High Court of Kenya at Nakuru.

Before joining the Judiciary, Justice Maraga was a legal practitioner for twenty five (25) years in conveyancing, civil and criminal litigation. He also served as the Chairman of the Rift Valley Law Society and as a member of the Constitutional Review Task Force of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, East African Union.

The Hon Chief Justice Maraga holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree from the University of Nairobi; a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the same University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law. He was admitted onto the Roll of Advocates in October 1978. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

Justice Maraga has been a part-time Lecturer at University of Nairobi on pro bono basis and is an accomplished trainer and facilitator who has facilitated in several capacity-building workshops at the Judiciary Training Institute and the Law Society of Kenya’s Continuous Legal Education (CLE) workshops. He has presented papers in numerous local and international seminars and conducted trainings in Law. 

 

 

Former Chief Justices

HON. DR WILLY MUTUNGA

Chief Justice
2011 - 2016

JOHNSON EVANS GICHERU

Chief Justice
2003 - 2011

HON. JUSTICE BENARD CHUNGA

Chief Justice
1999 - 2003

HON. ZACHAEUS RICHARD CHESONI

Chief Justice
1997 - 1999

HON. JUSTICE ABDUL MAJID COCKER E.G.H

Chief Justice
1994 - 1997

HON. ROBIN ALLAN WINSTON HANCOX

Chief Justice
1989 - 1993

HON. JUSTICE CECIL H.E. MILLER E.B.S E.G.H

Chief Justice
1986

HON. JUSTICE CHUNILAL BHAGWANDAS MADAN

Chief Justice
1985 - 1986

HON. SIR JAMES WICKS

Chief Justice
1971 - 1982

HON. JUSTICE KITILI MWENDWA

Chief Justice
1968 - 1971

SIR JOHN AINLEY

Chief Justice
1962 - 1968

Office of the Chief Justice

 

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CJ speech at the launch of Commercial Justice Sector project
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CJ Speeches, Speeches

May 17, 2018

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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
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May 15, 2018

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Communique of the East African Community Chief Justices’ Forum
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May 14, 2018

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Keynote Address by Chief Justice David Maraga during EACC Workshop Nanyuki, on May 8, 2018
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May 9, 2018

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Remarks by CJ David Maraga during the launch of Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report, 2016/2017 on April 27, 2018
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April 27, 2018

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CJ speech during the admission of advocates
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March 27, 2018

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Keynote address by CJ David Maraga during the 9th Annual African Development Conference at Harvard Law School
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CJ Speeches, Judges Speeches, Other Speeches, Speeches

April 12, 2018

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CJ Speech during the launch of the Programme for Legal Aid and Empowerment
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CJ Speeches

March 9, 2018

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CJ Speech – EALSA Conference
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CJ Speeches, Speeches

March 1, 2018

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CJ’s Speech at Being A Leader (BAL) Workshop, Kenyatta University
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by Chief Justice David K. Maraga during the launch of the National Committee on Criminal Justice Reforms (NCCJR). January 15, 2018.
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by Chief Justice David Maraga during the launch of the State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice Report on December 15, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Chief Justice David Maraga acceptance statement delivered during the occasion of receiving the ICJ Jurist of the Year Award, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Talking points by the Chief Justice David K. Maraga, during the launch of the Mediation Settlement Week, December 4, 2017, Milimani Law Courts.
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CJ Speeches, Speeches

March 1, 2018

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Speech by CJ Maraga when he received books worth Ksh 159m from World Bank JPIP Project.
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by Chief Justice David Maraga during the Law Society of Kenya’s Annual Conference at the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Club, Mombasa.
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March 1, 2018

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Statement by Hon. David K. Maraga, EGH, Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court, on the Judiciary’s Preparedness for Elections Dispute Resolution.
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CJ Speeches, Speeches

March 1, 2018

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Remarks by the CJ during the laying of Isiolo High Courts foundation stone.
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March 1, 2018

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Remarks by Chief Justice David Maraga during the official opening of the IEBC Election Preparedness conference held today at KICC.
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March 1, 2018

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The Hon. Justice David Kenani Maraga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, during the launch of University of Nairobi’s School of Law Alumni Chapter and unveiling of the University’s Alumni Agenda 2020, at the University of Nairobi’s Chandaria Auditorium on the 8th June, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by Hon. Mr. Justice David K. Maraga, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya at the launch of Performance Management and Measurement Understandings Evaluation Report on 8th of June, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by the Hon Mr. Justice David K. Maraga, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, during the Court Annexed Mediation Media Breakfast meeting.
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March 1, 2018

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Chief Justice Talking Notes during the 4th Judiciary Annual Sports Day, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), May, 26 – 27, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Chief Justice’s Talking Points at the Council of Governors Luncheon, Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, 22nd May 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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CJ remarks during the official opening of the IAWJ Regional Conference, Nairobi.
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March 1, 2018

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Key Note Address by the Hon. Chief Justice during the launch of the JCE 2016 Annual Report and IDLO Lessons’ Learned Brief Held At Supreme Court Gardens, On 4th May 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Chief Justice David Maraga speaks at the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) Gala, at Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi, May 3, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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Speech by the CJ at a conference on decriminization and re-classification of petty offences in Kenya.
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March 1, 2018

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CJ speech during the launch his Strategic Blueprint.
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March 1, 2018

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Chief Justice David Maraga today, during the swearing in of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Rev Eliud Wabukala.
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March 1, 2018

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CJ speech during the launch of an audit report on Criminal Justice System in Kenya.
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March 1, 2018

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Remarks by Chief Justice David Maraga today, during the swearing in of the new Chairperson and Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
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March 1, 2018

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CJ remarks at the launch of the Commercial Law Guide Book.
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March 1, 2018

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CJ speech at the opening of the 2nd Biennial Court Users Committees Conference at Utalii College, Nairobi.
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March 1, 2018

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CJ remarks during the inauguration of the Narok High Court January 9, 2017.
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March 1, 2018

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