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Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
Government decisions are often closely linked to personal motivations of judges and officials. Despite this, Kenyan courts generally have qualified judges. Furthermore, Kenya disposes, since the enactement of the 2010 Constitution, of an independent judicial system, including a Supreme Court. Finally, the Head Judge of Kenya must report on the state of the Kenyan judicial system each year.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreigners have much less local political influence than any Kenyan citizen. Justice tends to favour Kenyans.
The Language of Justice
Both English and Swahili are ​​accepted in the courts, but English is hierarchically more important.
Recourse to an Interpreter
Yes, the right to use an interpreter is guaranteed by law.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The Kenyan judicial system is founded on British law.
Checking National Laws Online
Kenya Law
Library of Congress, United States

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