Douglas Ogoti

Douglas Ogoti is the Chief Magistrate at the special purposeĀ anti-corruption court in Milimani, Nairobi.

Ogoti previously worked at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for 20 years before joining the judiciary in 2016.

Ogoti has handled several high-profile cases such as the NYS scandal where he denied bail to the 42 accused persons including former Youth and Gender Permanent Secretary Lilian Omollo. He has also heard graft cases involving Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and former sports CS Hassan Wario

In 2019, the magistrate issued a record bail condition of Sh100 million and an alternative Sh150 million bond to Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal in a corruption case.

Ogoti is credited for introducing pre-trials and set the framework for a plea bargain at the pre-trial stages at the anti-corruption division.

The Chief Magistrate is reportedly the second most protected judicial officer after the Chief Justice. His security was beefed up from one bodyguard to 12 bodyguards after he started handling high profile corruption cases.

In March 2020, Ogoti ruled that the ODPP must provide suspects with evidence before they are charged in court, a decision that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji said he will appeal.