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Upholding Integrity: Kampala's Local Council Court Members Take Oath of Duty :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Upholding Integrity: Kampala's Local Council Court Members Take Oath of Duty

Rehema Nassozi Ssebbowa, Senior Principal City Hall Grade One Magistrate, emphasized the significance of integrity, stating that it goes beyond ethics and professionalism. She advised the appointed members not to use their positions for personal interests but to uphold the principles of justice for all, particularly benefiting the disadvantaged, including the poor, women, and marginalized individuals.
27 Sep 2023 10:14
Deogracios Kijjambu from Makindye taking orth presided over by Rehema Nassozi Senior Principal Magistrate holding microphone.

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The judiciary has emphasized the importance of integrity for the newly appointed local council court members in the five Kampala City Divisions. During the induction ceremony, 25 members of the local council court in Kampala, who will preside over civil appeals from local councils one and two, were urged to act with the utmost integrity in their judicial duties to maintain the trust of the communities they serve.

Rehema Nassozi Ssebbowa, Senior Principal City Hall Grade One Magistrate, emphasized the significance of integrity, stating that it goes beyond ethics and professionalism. She advised the appointed members not to use their positions for personal interests but to uphold the principles of justice for all, particularly benefiting the disadvantaged, including the poor, women, and marginalized individuals.

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Local council court members have the jurisdiction to handle civil cases that do not exceed two million Shillings, with appeals coming from local councils one and two. Nassozi encouraged the LC court members to handle simple criminal cases, such as common assault, simple theft, trespass, and domestic violence, to alleviate the burden on formal courts and promote reconciliation.

Nassozi also stressed the importance of prioritizing cases involving juveniles, as local council courts have the authority to handle such cases. She noted that children are often subjected to the formal justice system, resulting in custodial sentences. During the training, concerns were raised about land cases in Kampala where the land's value exceeds the two million Shillings limit set for local council courts. Nassozi advised members to handle land cases on customary land, even if the land's value exceeds the limit.

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John Bosco Mawebe, an LC court member from Lubaga Division, expressed his commitment to ensuring speedy hearings of cases to prevent case backlogs, which affect the formal justice system.

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Deogracious Kijjambu from Makindye Division highlighted the role of these courts in relieving the burden on the formal court system. He emphasized that the training helped members understand their mandate and stressed the importance of fair compensation to prevent bribery and corruption.  

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