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Corruption Blocking Access to Justice -Chief Justice

Bart Katureebe said that when the rich easily bribe their way out whenever they are caught on the wrong side of the law, people who deserve justice are oppressed, abused and frustrated by the judicial system.

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 The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has warned that corruption is the biggest threat to access to Justice in Uganda. He said that when the rich easily bribe their way out whenever they are caught on the wrong side of the law, people who deserve justice are oppressed, abused and frustrated by the judicial system.

Katureebe said that the government and locals must work towards getting rid of corruption, both within the community and at various levels of administration. He said that the judiciary is now working towards restoring public confidence and ensure that those living in rural areas are also served.

Katureebe was today speaking at an open court session held at Bushenyi district headquarters today. He appealed to members of the judiciary to be accessible in order to bring faith and trust to the services.

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Katureebe further urged lawyers to help locals to access justice and avoid unnecessary adjournments in the quest for money. He said that some lawyers are exploiting clients instead of helping them to have their matters handled expeditiously.

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Buhweju County Member of Parliament Francis Mwijukye observed a need a for judicial officers to hold to professional practices and ensure that the poor are also served.

Boris Mukundane a resident of Bitereko in Bushenyi said that the open court sessions should be extended to district and sub-counties to that the locals get enlightened on how legal matters are handled.