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Fear No Law - Chief Justice Urges New Judges :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Fear No Law - Chief Justice Urges New Judges

The CJ revealed plans to decentralize the Inspectorate of Court to enhance supervision, ensure judicial accountability, and combat corruption. Drawing an analogy from the Bible, Dollo emphasized the need for judicial officers to uphold their responsibilities transparently.
CJ Owiny Dollo concurs with the Chief Reistrar Saral Langa during the opening of the traning.
Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo has encouraged the eleven newly appointed High Court judges to possess a comprehensive understanding of the law without fearing any specific branch. Among the new judges Justices are Samson Lwokya, Jameson Karemani, Rosette Comfort Kania, Flavia Nabakooza, Phillip Wilbroad Mwaka, Dr. Christine Akello Echookit, Amos Kwizera, David Makumbi, Patience Emily Tumusiime Rubagumya, Farouq Lubega, Jackline Mwondha, and Aisha Naluzze Batala.

Karemani and Nabakooza were promoted internally, while the others joined from outside the judiciary, some with previous government service experience. Speaking at the opening of a two-week induction at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, Owiny Dollo emphasized the importance of being well-rounded in legal expertise. Dollo highlighted the tendency for appointees from specific backgrounds to feel intimidated when faced with unfamiliar branches of law. 

For instance, someone experienced in the Department of Public Prosecutions might feel uneasy about civil law. He urged the judges to consistently expand their knowledge by continuously reading and learning. The CJ stressed the significance of the judicial oath and code of conduct as guiding principles in their work, emphasizing values like humility, integrity, compassion, and avoidance of bias or malice.

The CJ revealed plans to decentralize the Inspectorate of Court to enhance supervision, ensure judicial accountability, and combat corruption. Drawing an analogy from the Bible, Dollo emphasized the need for judicial officers to uphold their responsibilities transparently. He emphasized the importance of avoiding undue delays in case adjudication, stating that delayed justice compromises fairness and the judicial system's integrity. 

Additionally, the CJ outlined the Judicial Transformation Agenda aimed at enhancing access to justice by appointing a Chief Magistrate in every district, employing more judges, leveraging technology, and improving staff training. Acknowledging resource constraints, Dollo promised the creation of more High Court circuits in various districts to ensure accessibility to justice within reasonable distances for court users. 

Plans were also outlined to establish branches of the Court of Appeal in Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Masaka, Fort Portal, Jinja, Arua, and Mubende. Land acquisition for premises in Mbale, Mbarara, and Gulu is underway, with construction expected to commence shortly. Justice Damalie Lwanga, director of the Judicial Training Institute, expressed regret that the training commenced after judges assumed duty but noted its advantage in addressing pertinent issues they encountered. 

She commended the President and the Chief Justice for their efforts in facilitating the appointment of more judicial officers.

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