The Attorney General of Kenya is the head of the Kenyan State Law Office, the principal legal adviser to the government of Kenya, and a member of the Cabinet. Justin Muturi, the current attorney general, was nominated by President William Ruto in October 2022.[1] His nomination was approved by the National Assembly on 26 October 2022, after the requisite vetting process.


The Office of the Attorney General draws its mandate from Article 156 of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, which vests in the Attorney General the responsibility of being the principal legal adviser to the government to ensure that the rule of law is promoted, protected and upheld, and defend the public interest. The Office of the Attorney General Act No. 49 of 2012 spells out the functions of the office, which include:

  1. Advising Government Ministries, Departments, Constitutional Commissions and State Corporations on legislative and other legal matters;
  2. Negotiating, drafting, vetting and interpreting local and international documents, agreements and treaties for and on behalf of the Government and its agencies; and
  3. Performing any function as may be necessary for the effective discharge of the duties and the exercise of the powers of the Attorney-General.


The attorney general's duties[2] include the formulation of legal policy and ensuring proper administration of Kenya's legal system, including professional legal education. Assisting the Attorney General in the performance of his duties as principal legal adviser to the government are:

Attorneys General of East Africa Protectorate (1895–1920)

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2015)

Attorneys General of British Kenya (1920–1963)

Attorneys General of Kenya (since 1963)


  1. ^ "Management Profile: The Hon Attorney General". 2011-08-29. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  2. ^ Githinji, George (2018-07-09). "Role and Functions of the Attorney General in Kenya". AfroCave. Retrieved 2023-08-23.
  3. ^ Kenya Gazette 4 Mar 1914
  4. ^ a b Kenya Gazette 13 Apr 1921
  5. ^ Kenya Gazette - 19 Feb 1935
  6. ^ "Stafford Foster-Sutton - NigerianWiki".
  7. ^ "Kenya Gazette". 4 January 1949.
  8. ^ "Institute of Current World Affairs" (PDF). Institute of Current World Affairs. 30 August 1953. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  9. ^ Britain and Kenya's Constitutions, 1950–1960
  10. ^ Kenya Gazette 10 Jan 1961
  11. ^ a b c d e f Oloka-Onyango, J. When Courts Do Politics: Public Interest Law and Litigation in East Africa. p. 280.