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Judiciary Creates 18 New High Court Circuits, Restructure Old Ones

The Instrument also shows that the cases originating from Bukedea, Ngora and Kumi districts previously filed under the Soroti High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Kumi High Court Circuit; while the cases originating from Buvuma and Buikwe districts previously filed under the Mukono High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Lugazi High Court Circuit.
Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.


In a bid to bring access to justice closer to the people in Uganda, the Judiciary has created 18 new High Court circuits in various districts across the country and also reorganized the already existing ones.  

According to the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, the reorganization and creation of new circuits is in line with the Judiciary’s transformation agenda which will ensure easy and quick access to justice.

“The Judiciary Transformation Agenda that we are now pursuing focuses on enhancing access to justice services across Uganda. We are therefore establishing more courts to meaningfully enable the population access justice,” said the Chief Justice. The new ones created include; Apac, Bugiri, Bushenyi Dokolo, Entebbe, Ibanda, Kasese and Kiboga, Kitgum, Kumi, Lugazi, Moyo, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Pallisa, Patong Rakai and Wakiso.  

The Judiciary indicates that  of the 18 newly created Circuits; Bushenyi, Kasese, Kiboga and Kitgum, which have been operational under their mother circuits, will be formally launched this Quarter.  

The changes in the reorganization of the High Courts are communicated in the Judicature (Designation of High Court Circuits) Instrument, 2023 dated November 24th, 2023 issued by the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo.  

The purpose of this Instrument is to designate High Court Circuits for the trial of civil and criminal causes and for the disposal of other legal business.

According to the instrument,  the cases originating from Kwania, Oyam and Apac districts previously filed under the Lira High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Apac High Court Circuit; while  the cases originating from Bugweri, Namayingo, Namutumba and Bugiri districts previously filed under the Iganga High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Bugiri High Court Circuit.  

The cases originating from Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi, Buhweju and Bushenyi districts previously filed under the Mbarara High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Bushenyi High Court Circuit and the cases originating from Alebtong, Amolatar and Dokolo districts previously filed under the Lira High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Dokolo High Court Circuit.

Those that have been originating from Entebbe Municipality and Busiro County South of Wakiso district previously filed under the respective High Court Divisions in Kampala shall be transferred to Entebbe High Court Circuit and the cases originating from Kiruhura, Kazo, Kamwenge, Kitagwenda and Ibanda districts previously filed under the Mbarara and Fort Portal High Court Circuits respectively shall be transferred to Ibanda High Court Circuit.

“The cases originating from Kasese district previously filed under the Fort Portal High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Kasese High Court Circuit the cases originating from Kyankwanzi and Kiboga districts previously filed under the Mubende High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Kiboga High Court Circuit”, reads the instrument.

It adds that, “the cases originating from Karenga, Lamwo and Kitgum, Districts previously filed under the Gulu and Moroto High Court Circuits respectively shall be transferred to Kitgum High Court Circuit.  

The Instrument also shows that the cases originating from Bukedea, Ngora and Kumi districts previously filed under the Soroti High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Kumi High Court Circuit; while the cases originating from Buvuma and Buikwe districts previously filed under the Mukono High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Lugazi High Court Circuit. 

“The  cases originating from Adjumani, Obongi, Yumbe and Moyo districts previously filed under the Arua High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Moyo High Court Circuit, the cases originating from Kyegegwa district previously  filed under the Fort Portal High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Mubende High Court Circuit," adds the instrument. 

The cases originating from Pakwach, Zombo and Nebbi districts previously filed under the Arua High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Nebbi High Court Circuit; the cases originating from Ntungamo district previously filed under the Mbarara High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Ntungamo High Court Circuit.  

Further, that the cases originating from Butebo, Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa districts previously filed under the Mbale High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Pallisa High Court Circuit and the cases originating from Pader, Abim, Otuke and Agago districts previously filed under the Gulu, Moroto and Lira High Court Circuits shall be transferred to Patongo High Court Circuit.   

“The cases originating from Kyotera, Lyantonde, Lwengo and Rakai districts previously filed under the Masaka High Court Circuit shall be transferred to Rakai High Court Circuit; and the cases originating from Busiro County East, Busiro County North and Nansana Municipality of Wakisom district previously filed under the respective High Court Divisions in Kampala shall be transferred to Wakiso High Court Circuit," adds the Instrument.

According to the Chief Justice, between August 2022 to date, 10 new High Court Circuits have been operationalized which brings the total number of operational High Court Circuits to 24.

“The new Instrument now creates 38 High Court Circuits and consequently revokes Judicature (Designation of High Court Circuits) Instrument, 2016, No. 55 of 2016 that had created 20 Circuits," reads the Statement. The Chief Registrar of the judiciary Sarah Langa Siu has already communicated to all Judicial Officers including Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Judges of the High Court, all Registrars, Chief Magistrates and Magistrates about the changes in her January 24th 2024 circular. 

The Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo has in the recent past often times indicated that he dreams of having a Judiciary where a citizen doesn’t have to walk longer distances to access courts; and in any case, he would want each Constituency represented by a Member of Parliament at least to have a Grade one Magistrates Court.