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.

Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome, Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Hon. Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome was appointed the Chief Justice of Kenya in May 2021. Prior to her appointment, Judge Koome was a Judge of Appeal having been appointed in 2012. As a Court of Appeal Judge she served in Nairobi, Nyeri and Malindi.


Judge Koome has also Served as a High Court Judge (2003 – 2011) as indicated below:

  1. Head of Land and Environment Division of the High Court in Nairobi
  2. Resident Judge, High Court in Nakuru & Kitale
  3. High Court in Nairobi (Commercial Division & Family Division)

She was the Managing Partner at Martha Koome & Company Advocates (1993 -2003) and Legal Associate at Mathenge & Muchemi Advocates (1988 – 1992)

The judge has an aggregate of 33 years experience in the legal profession.


She holds the following academic and professional qualifications:

  • Master of Laws from the University of London (2010)
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi (1986)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law (1987)
  • Admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 1987


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