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300 Inmates in Gulu to Benefit from Plea Bargaining

In his opening remarks during the launch, Katureebe explained that Northern Uganda that had two-decade long-armed insurgency caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army – LRA should be uniquely handled.
Chief Justice of Uganda, Hon. Bart Katureebe addressing inmates at Gulu Central Prison on Wednesday

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At least 300 inmates from Gulu Central Prison have enrolled for plea bargaining.  Their cases will be heard by Justice Jane Frances Abodo who will be assisted by two yet to be announced judges.

This follows a two-day plea bargaining session launched on Wednesday by Chief Justice of Uganda, Hon. Justice Bart Katureebe at the Gulu Central Prison.

Plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for an agreement by the prosecutor to drop one or more charges and reduce a charge to a less serious offence.  

In his opening remarks during the launch, Katureebe explained that Northern Uganda that had two-decade long-armed insurgency caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army – LRA should be uniquely handled.  

Katureebe accompanied by the Principal Judge, Yorukamu Bamwine and other Judges also pledged to overcome shortage of judges at Gulu High Court that has caused backlog of cases.

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Justice Katureebe, however, advised inmates to embrace plea bargaining to help address case backlogs which has been compounded by delays and high costs.

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Currently, Gulu Central Prison is home to 1,398 inmates. Of those 512 are convicts while 886 are on remand. Overall, there are 57,000 inmates in different government prisons. 

 

A 2017 report by the Case Backlog Reduction Committee - CBRC, there were over 150, 000 cases which were still unresolved in courts throughout the country.