The Court of Appeal has commenced
four days of criminal appeals session at Arua High Court, to hear cases of 40
appellants convicted of aggravated robbery, aggravated defilement and murder.
The session was formally flagged
off by Justices Cheborion Barishaki, acting as the Deputy Chief Justice this
morning at Arua government Main Prison in Arua City.
The session will be handled by three
Justices; Cheborion Barishaki, Monica Mugyenyi, and Christopher Gasirabake.
Some of the criminal appeals that
are set for hearing in the next four days were filed as far back as 2013.
Leri Ndori, the Officer-in-Charge
of Arua Main Prison says they will present 67 inmates and four condemned prisoners
for the court of appeal criminal session.
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Arua Resident Judge, Justice Isah
Serunkuma says long distances covered by litigants to access justice is one of
the biggest challenges hindering the dispensing of justice, thereby increasing
the burden of case backlog.
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Justice Cheborion Barishaki says
that the judiciary still faces the challenge of case backlog but they are
trying their best to work on it. According to Barishaki the COVID 19 pandemic
greatly interrupted the criminal appeals sessions but with the opening of the
economy, they intend to enhance the number of appeals they intend to hear.
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According to the cause list
issued by the Court of Appeal the Deputy Registrar, Lillian Bucyana, the
offences in the cases are; Aggravated Robbery (23), Aggravated Defilement (11)
and Murder at the highest (23).
This is the second criminal session to be held
by the Court of Appeal since the beginning of this year.