Nakuru County is topping the list of Counties with the highest divorce cases -this according to the State of the Judiciary Annual Report (SOJAR).
The county had 154 cases in the last financial year.
In the last financial year ending June 2022, 3,784 divorce cases were filed at the magistrate courts across the country while 1,820 were filed at the Kadhi courts.
Analysis of the comparative data shows there was an increase in divorce cases in the previous year, ending June 2021 – 3,082 filed at the magistrate courts and 1,654 at the Kadhi courts.
Below is a list of the counties and the number of divorce cases
- Nakuru- 154
- Eldoret- 145
- Ruiru -138
- Thika- 79
- Mombasa -76
- Kikuyu- 60
- Ngong -54
- Kitale- 52
- Machakos -48
- Nyeri -43
- Mavoko -40
- Kapsabet -39, and Meru - 36.
At the Kadhi courts, Mombasa had the highest number of divorce cases followed by Nairobi, Garissa, Wajir, and Daadab.
The data indicate that 346 divorce cases were filed at the Kadhi court in Mombasa against 369 marriages in the year ending June 2022.
There were 216 divorce cases filed at the Kadhi court in Nairobi against 327 registrations of marriage while in Garissa there were 208 divorce cases against 90 marriage registrations.
In Dadaab, 88 people went to the Kadhis court seeking to divorce their spouses while 52 lovers sought to register their marriages in Kakuma there were 86 divorce cases against 277 marriages.
In Wajir, there were 148 divorce cases against 52 marriages while Ijara had 49 divorces against 52 marriages.
The Nakuru Kadhi court had 10 divorce cases against the registration of 41 marriages while Kisumu had 20 divorce cases against 19 marriages.
The data further indicate that Mandera had 58 divorce cases against 36 marriages, Kwale 16 divorce cases against 225 marriages, Lamu 26 divorce cases against 106 marriages, Malindi two divorce cases against 33 marriages, while in Mariakani there were 15 divorce cases against 118 marriages.
The jurisdiction of the Kadhi courts is limited to the determination of questions of Muslim law relating to personal status, marriage, divorce, or inheritance.
The report further indicates that in the year ending June 2022 a total of 245,199 criminal cases and 91,748 civil cases were filed at the magistrates' courts across the country, totalling 336,947 cases cumulatively.
Sexual offences had the lion's share in the criminal category as there were 169,470 cases followed by traffic offenders with 60,423 cases and 8,657 death inquests.
There were 5,904 criminal and 5,990 civil cases involving children.