Addressing the 20th Annual Conference of the East African Magistrates' and Judges' Association (EAMJA) at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo Kampala Tuesday, President Museveni highlighted common challenges faced by regional judiciaries, including corruption, delayed judgments, prolonged adjournments, high litigation costs, and foreign language rulings that hinder accessibility for ordinary citizens.
The report shows that overall, the courts closed with a pending caseload of 156,349 cases, of which 42,960 were backlogged. A case is considered backlog after more than two years in the court system without being concluded.
While addressing mourners at the reburial of Brig. Gen Pierino Okoya in Gulu District on Friday, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo commended the president for owning up to the mistakes made during his regime.
According to the letter, Kisaakye says that Museveni appointed her to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court on October 12th 2009 and by the time she wrote this letter, she had served in the Supreme Court for 13 years and ten months.
“Justice Kisaakye has now become a victim of the bullshit protocol. When they partook in sentencing Ivan Sebaduka and violating his rights no one spoke up, now when it’s a Supreme Court Judge suddenly it gathers all this attention. As Ugandans our Supreme Court /courts lost value a long time ago,” said Atabua.
Speaking at the launch Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo faulted the Criminal Investigations Directorate of the police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for stalling disposal of cases through endless investigations and adjournments respectively.
According to Museveni people who rape women are not supposed to be handed life in prison sentence instead they are supposed to be condemned to face death, as well as those involved in extrajudicial killings.
According to the Chief Justice, the Construction of regional Appellate Courts will start this financial year in Mbarara and Gulu districts where they have already secured land. He says the project will extend to Masaka, Arua, Mbale Jinja, Soroti, and Mubende districts in the coming financial years when the funds come in.
Judiciary’s Public Relations Officer Jamson Karemani on Monday indicated that they have trained all stakeholders in Justice Administration such as lawyers and Judicial officers about how they can use the system before it starts on the Judiciary’s New Law Year on February 4th 2022.
In his Oct 5, 2021 circular, the Chief Justice directs Registrars and Magistrates to ensure the authenticity of the court judgements, orders and decrees before they process them for execution in accordance with the relevant laws and practices
The Chairperson for UHRC job fell vacant after the death of the former Chairperson Med Kagwa in November 2019 and since then, the Commission that is supposed to have seven commissioners has not been fully constituted.