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JLOS Holds Semi-Annual Performance Review

Mr. Sam Wairagala (left), the advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation at the JLOS Secretariat in a discussion with Ms Maureen Nahweera (Swedish Embassy) and Mr. Albert Birnbaum (Danish Embassy) during the Semi-annual technical review of JLOS performance at Kabira Country Club on March 27 2013. (PHOTO: JLOS/Edgar Kuhimbisa) Mr. Sam Wairagala (left), the advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation at the JLOS Secretariat in a discussion with Ms Maureen Nahweera (Swedish Embassy) and Mr. Albert Birnbaum (Danish Embassy) during the Semi-annual technical review of JLOS performance at Kabira Country Club on March 27 2013. (PHOTO: JLOS/Edgar Kuhimbisa)

 

KAMPALA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector has registered significant achievements in the first half of the financial year 2013/14. This was revealed during the Semi-annual technical review of sector performance held on March 27 2014 at Kabira Country Club. Present were representatives from all JLOS institutions and members of the sector development partners group.

Notable among these achievements include strides made in development of legislation, strengthening of inspection and oversight mechanisms, development of a transitional justice policy and the establishment of various institutional structures to enhance human rights.


Legislation

In partnership with Parliament, the sector was able to advocate for the enactment of various priority commercial laws. This is seen as a good step toward creating an enabling economic environment and promotion of private sector growth. JLOS continues to work toward developing or renewing enabling laws for various institutions in a bid to improve service delivery with particular focus on civil registration and probation services.


Transitional Justice

The JLOS Leadership Committee approved the National Transitional Justice Policy which is seen a major step in addressing justice issues in post conflict Uganda by paving way for the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement. The Policy will soon be tabled before cabinet for consideration as a sector priority


EAC Integration

The sector continues to play a pivotal role in the East African integration process. In this regard, the sector has contributed to the development of a legal framework for the free movement of labor, goods and services to guarantee that Uganda benefits from the this regional integration which is expected to drive economic development.


Access to Justice

Over the last six months, sector efforts have contributed to a 7% rise in the number of institutions that operate from their own premises (from 34.8% to 41%). Additionally, about 4 out of 10 districts in Uganda have a complete chain of frontline JLOS services that suggests an improvement in physical access to JLOS services. The sector continues to support capacity building initiatives in specialized skills as a way if improving the quality of services.


Human Rights

Observance and promotion of human rights and accountability is a major JLOS responsibility. During the reporting period, human rights committees, human rights desks and directorates were set up in various sector institutions. The sector also recruited an advisor dedicated to human rights and accountability whose assignment is to provide in depth focus and analysis on human rights issues. JLOS is also working on the development of the National Action Plan for Human Rights, expected to kick off in the second half of FY 2013/14. This action plan when operationalized will provide a platform for public awareness and streamlining of human rights.


Challenges

Challenges still remain in areas such as case disposal, specifically in civil matters. This is partly attributed to low levels of judicial officers to handle the increasing case backlog. However, the recent recruitment and appointment of judicial officers is a good step in the right direction. The sector is considering processes for the improvement of case disposal particularly land matters.

The sector wage and non wage bill also increased by 15% and 5% respectively in the midst of a drop in development fund allocation which has implications on the ability of the sector to perform effectively and achieve its goals and objectives.

 

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See also:

JLOS Semi-annual performance review (FY 2012/13)

 

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