The Slip Rule: Assessing the Supreme Court jurisdiction to review its own decision in Kenya

 Youngreen Peter Mudeyi* The general rule is that once a court has duly pronounced a final order, it becomes functus officio (of no further authority or legal effect) and has no power to alter the order.[i] Debates arise on abandoning precedent adherence, but great advocacy is that it is a general rule and not an exception because reopening pa...

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How the BBI flew too close to the sun: An account of the Supreme Court's judgment on the Second Schedule of the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill - Part 2 (public participation vis- a- Vis the role of the IEBC, presidential immunity, quorum issue and the Omnibus question)

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By Adeline Chelagat Kiptoo Second Amendment Schedule The Bill purported to take away the mandate of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by suggesting the manner of delimitation and distribution of the constituencies, the time frame for the creation of constituencies and the criteria to be used for delimitation (Mwilu VCJ, par...

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The Supreme Court Appellate Jurisdiction (as of right) in appeals from judicial review: Wanjigi v Chebukati

By Elvis Mogesa The Supreme Court of Kenya is bestowed with different types of jurisdictions.[i] The appellate jurisdiction prescribed in Article 163(4)(a) has often proved to be a legal conundrum. The substance of this provision is that the Supreme Court shall listen to appeals from the Court of Appeal that are as of right involving the interpreta...

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Marital Equality versus Equity: A Dive into the Kenyan Supreme Court Decision in Ogentoto v Ogentoto

By Alexander Mutua For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part…[i] The Ogentotos,[ii]were husband and wife who had acquired a piece of land and constructed their matrimonial home together with rentals in the parcel of land. However, in 2008 the marriage hit rock bottom and w...

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Examining the role of the IEBC Chairperson: Insights from the 2022 presidential election petition - Odinga & 16 Others v Ruto & 10 Others; Law Society of Kenya & 4 Others

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By Caleb Sadala All sovereign power belongs to the People.[i] All state officers act as trustees of the people when exercising state power. [ii] How then did the Supreme Court of Kenya in the 2022 Presidential Election Petition declare that the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) acts as a delegate of the Commi...

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