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Gulu City Offers Land for Construction of Regional Court of Appeal

Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the land which is estimated at half an acre is located within the town center and that it initially belonged to Gulu District Local Government but was recently passed over to Gulu City Council.
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Gulu City Council has offered land for the establishment of a regional court of appeal.

The offer follows plans by the Justice Ministry to establish regional courts of appeal in eight regions across the country in a bid to decongest the court of appeal in Kampala.

Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the land which is estimated at half an acre is located within the town centre. He explains that the land initially belonged to Gulu District Local Government but was recently passed over to Gulu City Council.

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Okwonga revealed that the Justice Ministry will have to wait for Gulu City Council to establish its land board before the land is transferred from Gulu District Local Government to Gulu City Council, and finally to the Ministry of Justice.

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Jameson Karemani, the Judiciary Spokesperson says the estates' department at the Ministry of Justice has already visited the land. He says that in the current financial year, the Ministry of Justice will establish two regional courts of appeal in Gulu and Masaka.

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The court of appeal in Kampala currently has 8,700 pending cases from across the country.

Karemani says the establishment of regional courts of appeal is aimed at decongesting the court in Kampala. He says in a long run, each region will have a regional court of appeal with resident judges.

Loid Ocorobiya, a lawyer with Ocorobiya and Company Limited says the establishment of the regional courts of appeal will help in reducing the cost one has to meet while seeking justice during an appeal.

He says on many occasions, their clients have been finding it very hard to travel to Kampala to access services at the court of appeal and that sometimes the cases may take many years before final judgement hence, draining their clients financially.