William Ouko biography, age, profile, qualifications, memberships

William Ouko (born 21 November 1962 in Siaya) is a Kenyan lawyer and Jurist. He serves as the President of the Court of Appeal of Kenya.

Justice received a nomination by the Judicial Service Commission on 5 May 2021 to occupy the position of the judge of the Supreme Court.

On March 9, 2018, after an election by his colleagues, Justice Williams replaced Hon. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki.

This followed after the end of Hon. Justice Paul’s term, who became the Attorney General of Kenya after being appointed to the position.


William Ouko biography
Hon. Justice William Ouko profile.
NameJustice William Ouko
Born21 November 1962 (age 59 years)
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
Kenya School of Law
Kenya Institute of Administration
Royal Institute of Public Administration, UK
Washington International Management Institute, USA
ProfessionLawyer, Jurist
PositionPresident of the Court of Appeal of Kenya


He was born in Siaya on 21 November 1962. William Ouko, 59, also an academic and holds several qualifications.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MACJ.

From the University of Nairobi, Kenya, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB). The Jurist studied for a Diploma in Legal Practice at the Kenya School of Law.

Other qualifications include:

Senior Management Course training at Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA). 

Administration of Courts in the United States. 

Judicial Administration at the Royal Institute of Public Administration, the United Kingdom. 

Good Governance and Accountability in Washington International Management Institute (WIMI), USA.


In 1987, Mr. Ouko became District Magistrate II (Professional) of the High Court. After spending two years in judicial service, he rose to the position of Deputy Registrar in 1989.

He experienced another promotion in his profession in 1997. He became the first Chief Court Administrator of the Judiciary.

Climbing the ladders in his career, he occupied the position of the Accounting officer for the Judiciary.

This followed his appointment as the Registrar of the High Court in 2002.

Two years later, in 2004, Mr. Williams Ouko became the Judge of the High Court after he was appointed to the position. In 2012, he was appointed to the position of Court of Appeal Judge.


Apart from his tenure and service as Judge, Williams Ouko was a member of the following.

  • Delinking Committee of the Judiciary.
  • East African Judicial Education Committee.
  • Government of Kenya Technical Committee on the Implementation of Legal Sector Reform Programme and the Reform and Development Committee of the Judiciary.

He also held notable positions including as Joint Secretary to;

  • the Presidential Committee
  • Committee on the Administration of Justice (Kwach Committee)
  • Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg affair.

As a chairperson, Mr. Justice Williams chaired the;

  • Judiciary Service Staff Regulations Committee, 
  • Task Force on the Judiciary Staff Superannuation Scheme,
  • Task Force on the Judicial Reforms, 
  • Judiciary Transformation Programme Implementation Steering Committee
  • Court of Appeal Strategic Plan Committee
  • Court of Appeal Case Management Committee
  • Committee on Pauper Briefs and Pro Bono Services
  • the Judiciary Training and Development Policy Committee.

He has served in the legal practice for three decades and three years (33 years). Ouko has also served as the joint secretary of the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry.

The mark he left during his days of service earned him the highest service honors in the country – Elder of the Burning Spear and Chief of the Burning Spear.


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