Dr Roswitha Kremser the head of Australian Development Cooperation noted that the donation is part of the project they are implementing with the Judiciary aimed at making sure that survivors or victims of gender-based violence access quality and integrated essential justice services.
The Officials from UN Women and Australia Development Cooperation handing some of the equipment to the Principal Judge.
The Judiciary has received electronic equipment worth 350
Million Shillings to boost efforts in fast-tracking gender-based violence
The equipment that included 30 Desktop computers, two sets of court recording
and transcription machines were donated by the Australian Development
Cooperation together with the United Nations Women.
While speaking at the handover of the equipment at the Judiciary headquarters
in Kampala on Thursday, Dr Roswitha Kremser the head of Australian Development
Cooperation noted that the donation is part of the project they are implementing
with the Judiciary aimed at making sure that survivors or victims of gender-based
violence access quality and integrated essential justice services.
Roswitha says that many women in the country contribute a big percentage to
development and therefore their access to justice is key.
The Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary Pius Bigirimana revealed that the
project is being implemented in 11 courts. They are High Court Criminal
Division, Soroti, Gulu and Fort -Portal High Court Circuits and Chief
Magistrates Court of Moroto, Tororo, Gulu, Buganda Road, Kasese and Fort Portal
Chief Magistrates Court.
Bigirimana adds that the Judiciary in 2021 had planned to train judicial
officers in sign language, court interpretation services and GBV vocabularies
but they were engaged in election petitions. He says that the judicial officers
will be trained in February and March 2022.
Principal Judge Dr Flavian Zeija noted that the machines will help the
Judiciary to strengthen the use of Information Communication Technology -ICT in
the administration of justice.
Zeija says that the support will further help the Judiciary
to get accurate data and be in a position to plan for effective adjudication of
He adds that the court recording equipment once installed will also facilitate
judicial officers to capture pieces of evidence adduced in court and it will
also enable them to avoid handwriting evidence or proceedings.
According to Zeija, writing evidence has the danger of some
oral evidence skipping a judicial officer during the trial.
//Cue in: “But as you….
Cue out: …will be recording”. //
Luganda Audio (Jamson Karemani)
//Cue in: “Batuwadde ebyuma….
Cue out: okutelela bulungi”.//
The donation comes at the time when the Judiciary will start implementing the
Electronic Case Management Information System -ECCMIS which is aimed at
eliminating the use of papers in filing and submissions of information in