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Deputy Chief Justice Advises Lawyers To Help With Case Backlog Challenges

Justice Owiny-Dollo who on Monday opened the Court of Appeal regional session at Masaka High Court premises, noted that the available manpower cannot handle the overwhelming numbers of appeal files in the system in a timely manner, thereby asking attorneys to always be mindful of the underlying operational challenges and avoid overstretching the judges.
Deputy Chief Justice Owiny Ddollo (C) by other Court of Appeal Justices at the openning of a court session in Masaka

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The Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Chigamoi Owiny-Dollo has challenged lawyers to save the judiciary of the soaring case backlog by providing appropriate counsel to clients.  

According to him, despite the acute shortage of human resources, the courts judicature especially at appeal levels are overwhelmed by matters that could be avoided if judicial officers volunteered appropriate guidance to litigants. 

Justice Owiny-Dollo who on Monday opened the Court of Appeal regional session at Masaka High Court premises, noted that the available manpower cannot handle the overwhelming numbers of appeal files in the system in a timely manner. He asked attorneys to always be mindful of the underlying operational challenges and avoid overstretching the judges.  

He asked layers to courageously advise their clients on judgements obtained from High courts, such that Court of Appeal receives matters that are extremely unavoidable 

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Justice Owiny-Dollo however also challenged the public to take the task of exerting pressure on government through parliament to increase the number of judges on the Court of Appeal if they wish to be served better.  

He explains that out of the required number of 30 judges the Court of Appeal is currently staffed with only 14 judges who can hardly satisfy the demand, which sometimes leads to inappropriate delivery of justice.

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A team of three Justices; Remmy Kasule, Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Elizabeth Musoke has been assigned to conduct a three-weeks Court of Appeal session in Masaka region. 

The session will handle 45 criminal appeal convictions among them, 20 murders, 16 defilement cases, four rape cases, four murders and one against a sentence of manslaughter   

Meanwhile, Justice Remmy Kasule has also asked the judicial officers and lawyers to always standout and defend the integrity and independence of the judiciary. 

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