The Judiciary, Republic of Kenya – Office of the Chief Registrar

JUDICIARY

The Judiciary is one of the three state organs established under Chapter 10, Article 159 of the Constitution of Kenya. It establishes the Judiciary as an independent custodian of justice in Kenya. Its primary role is to exercise judicial authority given to it by the people of Kenya.

It is expected to resolve disputes in a just manner with a view to protecting the rights and liberties of all, thereby facilitating the attainment of the ideal rule of law.

The Judiciary and its related institutions, notably Judicial Service Commission, Kenya Law (previously National Council for Law Reporting), Tribunals and the Judiciary Training Institute perform the following functions:

  • Administration of justice
  • Formulation and implementation of judicial policies
  • Compilation and dissemination of case law and other legal information for the effective administration of justice

In Kenya, courts operate on two levels, namely superior and subordinate courts. The court system has been decentralised with the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal having their own Presidents and the High Court having a Principal Judge as heads of the respective institutions.

Principal Judge, Justice Richard Mwongo, Chief Registrar

Principal Judge, Justice Richard Mwongo with Chief Registrar Ann Atieno Amadi

The High Court has been restructured into four divisions: Division of Land and Environment; Division of Judicial Review; Division of Commercial and Admiralty; and Constitution and Human Rights Division.

The subordinate courts consist of Magistrates’ Courts, Kadhis Courts, Court Martial, and any other court or local tribunal established by an Act of Parliament.

Vision

To be the independent custodian of justice in Kenya.

Mission

To deliver justice fairly, impartially and expeditiously, promote equal access to justice, and advance local jurisprudence by upholding the rule of law.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga during the judicial exchange tour of India’s Supreme Court

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga during the judicial exchange tour of India’s Supreme Court

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