The KNCHR’s Legal Services are currently provided to the public through the receipt and processing of complaints during which complainants are offered appropriate legal advice. Internally legal services are provided by among others the provision of general legal counsel to the KNCHR, drafting and witnessing the execution of contracts and handling court matters on behalf of the Commission to ensure it meets its objectives as an efficient and effective National Human Rights Institution.
The KNCHR conducts litigation in appropriate cases involving the interpretation of the Bill of Rights. The Commission takes up cases that are either of broad public interest or that would have a significant impact on the legal discourse of human rights in Kenya. The case should also have a strategic goal such as setting up legal precedents, highlight a discriminatory position in the law or one that would lend weight to legal reforms. In this regard, the Commission participates in Public Interest Litigation either as amicus curiae (friend of court) or as a Petitioner under article 22 of the Constitution. The Commission also participates in on-going litigation initiated by other parties as an Interested Party.