Competent national authority

Republic of Kenya

Kenya - Mutual Legal Assistance Act 2011 (2012) EN


5. Central Authority

(1) There is established an authority to be known as the Central Authority to perform functions specified in this Act.

(2) The office of the Attorney-General shall be designated as the Central Authority established under subsection (1) of this section.

6. Functions of central authority

(1) The functions of the Central Authority shall include—
(a) transmitting and receiving requests for legal assistance and executing or arranging for the execution of such requests;
(b) ensuring that requests for legal assistance conform to the requirements of law and Kenya’s international obligations;
(c) where necessary, certifying or authenticating, or arranging for the certification and authentication of, any documents or other material supplied in response to a request for legal assistance;
(d) taking practical measures to facilitate the orderly and rapid disposition of requests for legal assistance;
(e) negotiating and agreeing on conditions related to requests for legal assistance, as well as to ensuring compliance with those conditions;
(f) making any arrangements deemed necessary in order to transmit the evidentiary material gathered in response to a request for legal assistance to a requesting state or to authorize any other authority to do so;
(g) carrying out such other tasks as provided for by this Act or which may be necessary for effective legal assistance to be provided or received.


7. Request from Kenya

(1) A request for legal assistance from Kenya shall be made by the Competent Authority.

(2) A request made under subsection (1) may be initiated by any law enforcement agency, or prosecution or judicial authority competent under Kenyan law.

(3) In the event of urgency or as permitted by any other written law, requests may be sent by direct transmission from a Competent Authority to a competent authority of a requested state for execution
subject to domestic law of the requested state.

(4) Where further information is required before a request under this section is executed, in so far as practicable, such information shall be provided for and within any deadlines as may be set by a requested state

Rome Statute

Article 87 Requests for cooperation: general provisions


(a) The Court shall have the authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation. The requests shall be transmitted through the diplomatic channel or any other appropriate channel as may be designated by each State Party upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Subsequent changes to the designation shall be made by each State Party in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.