Philomena Mwilu






Lawyer, Deputy Chief Justice


Has four children


Education Background: holds both Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Nairobi.

She is the Deputy Chief Justice following her appointment in October 2016. In May 2017 she was elected by her colleague judges of the Supreme Court as a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission.

In the same year, she was appointed to serve as the Judiciary Ombudsman and the Chair of the Implementation Monitoring Committee of the Sustaining Judiciary Transformation (SJT) strategic blueprint.

She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984. She was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2007 and rose to the Court of Appeal in November 2012 and subsequently to the Supreme Court in 2016.

Prior to joining the Judiciary she worked as a senior legal officer in insurance; board secretary in a State regulator; deputy chairperson of the Energy Tribunal; and later director on the board of a public service provider until her appointment as a Puisne Judge in 2007.

In August 2018 Justice Mwilu was arrested on suspicion of corruption, failure to pay tax, abuse of office and improper dealings with a bank. In November 2021 she secured a victory in court after a three-judge bench quashed process of removing her from office over allegations of misconduct.

Latest articles on Philomena Mwilu:

  1. Women judicial officers now play key role in our democracy

    Chief Justice Martha Koome has become the first woman in Kenya’s history to swear in a president and his deputy.

  2. Three-woman army that ran the show at Ruto's inauguration

    This is the first time the process is being conducted by an all-woman team following the appointment of Ms Koome as CJ in 2021.

    Chief justice Martha Koome, Deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu and Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi.
  3. Ruto's plan on the two-thirds gender principle

    Political goodwill, Parliament support major assets to passing laws and Dr Ruto seems to have both

  4. Supreme Court verdict was 'because of God' - Koome

    Koome said the judges' ruling happened after God’s intervention.

    Chief Justice Martha Koome
  5. Judges’ tough questions to lawyers

    Supreme Court judges had a few questions on the lawyers' presentations.

    Supreme Court judges
  6. Top lawyers among 88 to feature in poll petition

    The main protagonists in the presidential petition are Raila Odinga, William Ruto and the IEBC.

    lawyers in presidential election petition
  7. Presidential election petition: Chebukati wins round one

    Supreme Court judges refuse to wade into IEBC wrangles during petition.

    Wafula Chebukati
  8. In Photos: Azimio supporters hold solidarity demo

    Azimio supporters stood out at Milimani Law Courts with their colourful attire and posters.

    Azimio supporters supreme court petition raila odinga martha karua
  9. Judges who will hear Raila election petition against Ruto

    The judges have until September 5, 2022 to hear and determine the country’s biggest case.

    Kenya's Supreme Court judges.
  10. Deputy CJ warns communities against child marriage

    Justice Mwilu says Judiciary committed to protecting children, especially the girl child


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