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
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
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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