Kenya’s Judiciary Increases Court Fees

Kenyans are set to suffer high court services fees as the judiciary increases with more than double the litigation fees. This also includes filing of documents fees that the judicial system has imposed charges on.

At the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes division, Justice Koome has introduced a fee of Sh450 for filing a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal. She has also introduced a fee of Sh1,500 for court collection fees on deposits and security for costs.

Sh1,550 has been introduced for commercial and tax cases filed at the High Court, Martha Koome has introduced a fee of for any appeal or review from subordinate courts and tribunals.

Litigants filing cases in the High Court now face a new minimum fee of Sh2,000 for an unliquidated claim, originating summons, or counterclaim. Further court fees will be paid based on the amount awarded upon determination of the case.

In addition, Justice Koome has introduced a fee of Sh300 for filing of a response to the bill of costs.

The fees for instituting a private prosecution at the High Court remains at Sh5,000 while at the lower court it has been set at Sh1,485.

The Judiciary plans to hire more staff and automate its services as part of reforms to boost efficiency.

The chief justice Martha Kooome has, since gazettement, effected the changes from September 1st this year.

The judiciary revises the changes for 2021/22 budget to Sh17.9 billion from Sh18.1 billion.

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