The construction of the Supreme Court building is expected to cost 10.9 billion Shillings while the regional appellant courts will altogether cost 14.2 billion Shillings. The money is also envisaged to cover the procurement of vehicles at a cost of 12.6 billion Shillings, case management and implementation of case back reduction strategy, which will take 29.4 billion Shillings and operational expenses at 30.9 billion.
The judiciary needs an additional allocation of 202 billion
Shillings next financial year to cater for the construction of the Supreme Court and Court of
Appeal buildings in Mbarara and Gulu, among others.
The construction of the Supreme Court building is expected to cost 10.9 billion Shillings while the regional appellant courts will altogether cost 14.2 billion Shillings. The money is also envisaged to cover the procurement of vehicles at a cost of 12.6 billion Shillings,
case management and implementation of case back reduction strategy, which will take 29.4
billion Shillings and operational expenses at 30.9 billion.
The budget was tabled before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Committee of Parliament by the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana. He told MPs that out of the required 575.4 billion Shillings total budget by Judiciary,
only 371.3 billion has been provided by the Ministry of Finance which he says
is not sufficient to cover their budget for the next financial year.
in; “the total money…
out…do not perform.”//
Bigirimana told MPs that apart from the High Court which was able to meet its set
targets in the last financial year 2020/2021, all the other court levels failed
to dispose of the minimum number of cases allocated to them mainly due to COVID-19.
High Court disposed of 35,350 cases more than the 29.180 cases that it planned
to handle. Bigirimana attributed the performance to the use of plea bargaining and
mediation, weeding out dormant cases and using video conferencing systems to
hear cases during the lockdown. Meanwhile, Under
the Magistrates’ Courts, 119,919 cases were disposed out of the planned 148,000
the other hand, the Supreme Court handled only 102 cases out of the 120 cases
they planned to dispose of while the Court of Appeal handled only 1,504 cases
out of the planned 1,792 cases. Bigirimana
attributed the Supreme Court underperformance to prioritizing the disposal of
the Presidential Election Petition while the Court of Appeal prioritized Constitutional
However, Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman
Basalirwa rejected the excuse saying that this was the shortest presidential election petition which the Supreme Court should not use as an excuse.
in; “the table which…
out…get another reason.”//
Okiror, and Wilson
Twinomugisha asked the Judiciary to address the issue of
absenteeism by judicial officers before asking for more funds. they argue that many Ugandans have been denied access to justice because of the absence of judicial officers in courts across the country.
in; “There are Magistates…
Cue out:…at appeal levels.”//
In response, the Judiciary Chief Registrar Sarah Langa told MPs that
they consider absenteeism, corruption and other disciplinary cases seriously and
that several officers of the court have been interdicted over the same.
She, however, observed a need to fast track the interdictions and other
disciplinary actions and that the effort should be for everyone to report these
//Cue in; “we as top…
Cue out…Judicial Service Commission.”//
Bigirimana told MPs that some of the priorities of the Judiciary
in the coming financial year are the implementation of the recently approved
Judiciary staff structure under the Administration of Judiciary Act to increase
the number of judicial officers to be in tandem with the non-judicial officers. He said that they plan to recruit five Justices of the Supreme
Court, eight Justices of Court of Appeal, 31 High Court Judges, 24 Deputy
Registrars, 60 Chief Magistrates and others.