When the East African Law Reports came to an end in 1975 Kenya was left without a comprehensive system of law reporting. Although this situation was to some extent alleviated by the second series of "Kenya Law Reports", they too came to an end in 1980. After that there was no reporting even of the decisions of the country's Court of Appeal. For a jurisdiction that relies on the doctrine of precedent, the lack of a reliable, published source of appeal judgements is, to say the least, a considerable inconvenience, both for the judges of the lower courts who have to administer the law and for the advocates who appear before them. It can also severely limit the ability of practitioners to advise their clients on potentially litigious matters. The resumption of publication of the Court of Appeal's decisions should go a long way to remove the handicap under which lawyers in Kenya have laboured for so long, as well as being of considerable interest to everyone else concerned with the development of the law in that country. The first volume brought together decisions in 150 cases heard by the Court between 1982 and 1988, while the second takes the coverage up to 1992.
The judgements have been edited by Chief Justice Hancox, and he has also written the headnotes, prepared the lists of cases reported and cases referred to and compiled the subject matter indexes.