What you need to know:
- Justice Koome full name is Martha Karambu Koome. In professional circles, she is called Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome.
- She was born in 1960 in Kithiu village in Meru County.
- In 1993, she was elected as a council member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) until 1996.
- She is married to Koome Kiragu and is a mother of 3 adult children.
- The Kenya Judicial Service Commission nominated her as Kenya’s Chief Justice on 27 April 2021. She becomes the first woman to be nominated as Chief Justice in Kenya.
Justice Martha Koome profile
Justice Koome full name is Martha Karambu Koome.She was born in 1960 in Kithiu village in Meru County. She is the Chief Justice of Kenya and the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. She was a former judge of the Court of Appeal in Kenya.
The Hon. Chief Justice Martha K. Koome, EGH, assumed office on 21st May, 2021 as the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. She is the 15th Chief Justice since independence and the 3rd since establishment of the Supreme Court. She is the first woman to hold this office.
She was a Senior Judge of the Court of Appeal, she headed the Criminal Division of the Court and chaired Committees which developed the Court of Appeal Practice Directions in Civil and Criminal Appeals, Registry Manual that standardized the registry experience at the Court.
She joined Judiciary in 2003 as a High Court Judge and served until 2011. She was engaged in leadership and administrative roles within the High Court as the Resident Judge of the High Court in Nakuru and Kitale and as Head of the then Land and Environment Division of High Court at Nairobi.
Holds LLB degree from University of Nairobi, Post- graduate Diploma in Law from KSL, LLM degree from the University of London. Upon admission to the roll of advocates in 1987, was a legal practitioner for 15yrs engaging in conveyancing, commercial law, civil litigation, criminal litigation and family law
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She has been actively engaged in multiple community service projects and promoted children and family matters through volunteer and pro bono services. Some of Hon. Justice Koome’s milestones include being a Council Member of the Law of Society of Kenya between 1994 and 1996
She was involved in the formation of the East African Law Society in 1995 and even acted as the inaugural Treasurer, Participated in the discussions towards the enactment of the East African Community Treaty and institutions of the Community.