High Court (Kenya)

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The High Court of Kenya was established under article 165 of the constitution of Kenya. It has supervisory jurisdiction over all other subordinate courts and any other persons, body or authority exercising a judicial or quasi-judicial function.[1] It was known as the Supreme Court of Kenya until 1964 and its name has remain unchanged since then.[2]

The High Court comprises a maximum of 150 judges, and there are twenty High Court stations spread throughout Kenya. By 2018 every county is expected to have a High Court station with 36 counties already having at least one High Court station. It has jurisdiction over all criminal and civil matters, and handles criminal and civil cases and appeals from lower courts. It also deals with constitutional matters and supervises all administrative functions within the judiciary.

The High Court has several departments established under it:

  • Family Court
  • Commercial and Admiralty Court
  • Constitutional and Judicial Review Court
  • Land and Environment Court - Land and environment matters, including appeals from land tribunals
  • Criminal Court
  • Industrial Court - Labour and employment matters

Current justicesEdit

The following are the current justices of the High Court[3]

  • Hon. Mr. Justice Amraphael Mbogholi Msagha
  • Hon. Mr Justice Hatari P G Waweru
  • Hon. Mr Justice David Onyancha
  • Hon. Lady Justice Jessie W Lesiit
  • Hon. Mr Justice Joseph K Sergon
  • Hon. Mr Justice Leonard Njagi
  • Hon. Lady Justice Roseline P V Wendo
  • Hon. Lady Justice Mary M Kasango
  • Hon. Mr Justice Mathew J A Emukule
  • Hon. Lady Justice Murugi G Mugo
  • Hon. Mr Justice Frederick A Ochieng’
  • Hon. Mr Justice Luka K Kimaru
  • Hon. Lady Justice Ruth N Sitati
  • Hon. Mr Justice George M A Dulu
  • Hon. Mr Justice Joseph R. Karanja
  • Hon. Lady Justice Helen Omondi
  • Hon. Lady Justice Nancy Oginde
  • Hon. Mr Justice A O Muchelule
  • Hon. Lady Justice F N Muchemi
  • Hon. Lady Justice M A Odero
  • Hon. Mr Justice Said Juma Chitembwe
  • Hon. Justice (Prof.) Joel Ngugi Mwaura
  • Hon. Lady Ngugi Grace Mumbi
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Edward Muriithi Muthoga
  • Hon. Lady Justice Pauline Nyamweya
  • Hon. Mr. Justice George Kimondo Kanyi
  • Hon. Mr. Justice David Majanja Amilcar Shikomera
  • Hon. Lady Justice Cecilia Githua Wathaiya
  • Hon. Lady Justice Beatrice Thuranira Jaden Nthiori
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Weldon Korir Kipyegon
  • Hon. Lady Justice Grace Lidembu Nzioka
  • Hon. Lady Justice Christine Meoli Wanjiku
  • Hon. Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’undi Imbosa
  • Hon. Lady Justice Stella Mutuku Ngali
  • Hon. Mr. Justice James Wakiaga.
  • Hon. Lady Justice Rose Ougo Edwina Atieno
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Erick Kennedy Ogola Okumu.
  • Hon. Mr. Justice George Vincent Odunga.
  • Hon. Lady Justice Stella Munai Muketi
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Hilary Kiplagat Chemitei.
  • Hon. Mr. Justice James Aaron Makau.
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Francis Tuiyot.
  • Hon. Lady Justice Roseline Cherotich Korir Lagat
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Richard Mwongo Mururu.
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Alfred Mabeya.
  • Hon. Lady Justice Lydia Awino Achode
  • Hon. Lady Justice Abigail Mshila
  • Hon. Mr. Justice William Musyoka Musya
  • Hon. Lady Justice Nancy Jacqueline Kamau Njuhi
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Jairus Ngaah
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Francis Muthuku Gikonyo
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Martin Muya Mati
  • Hon. Lady Justice Esther Maina Nyambura
  • Hon. Lady Justice Lilian Mutende Nabwire
  • Hon. Lady Justice Grace Ngenye Wangui

Former JusticesEdit

The following are former justices of the High Court[3]

  • Hon. Mr Justice John W Mwera - (Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice George B M Kariuki -(Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice Mohammed K Ibrahim - (Appointed Judge Of The Supreme Court On June 16, 2011)
  • Hon. (Prof.) Justice Jackton Boma Ojwang -(Appointed Judge Of The Supreme Court On June 16, 2011)
  • Hon. Mr Justice Daniel K Musinga - (Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice Festus Azangalala - (Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice Milton S A Makhandia - (Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice Abudullahi Warsame - (Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Mr Justice William Ouko -(Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  • Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu -(Appointed Judge Of Appeal On November 8, 2012)
  1. ^ The Chief Registrar of The Judiciary - Supreme Court of Kenya (2012). "The Courts :: Republic of Kenya - The Judiciary". judiciary.go.ke. Republic of Kenya: The Judiciary. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. and any matter relating to the constitutional relationship between the levels of government; and a question relating to conflict of laws under Article 191; and
  2. ^ "Historical Background of the Judiciary in Kenya". marsgroupkenya.org. Mars group Kenya. 2012. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Kenya Law: Staff Members". www.kenyalaw.org.