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CJ Launches Video Conferencing System Linking Buganda Court to Luzira

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine and the NITA Executive Director Mr. James Saaka during the launch Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine and the NITA Executive Director Mr. James Saaka during the launch

 

KAMPALA - Chief Justice Bart Katureebe launched a video conferencing system Monday to help in expediting the handling of criminal cases at magisterial level while at the same time minimising the cost of transporting suspects.The new system, which links Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court and Luzira Maximum Prison Virtual Court, was launched at the former court.

Since 2001, the Judiciary has been transforming its structures to adapt to new technology in order to improve efficiency, tackle case backlog and reduce bureaucracy in handling of cases filed before it, and bring justice closer to the ordinary people.So far the institution has implemented four ICT strategies, but Katureebe noted that their biggest setback to achieving full digitalisation of its structures is underfunding.

Speaking at the launch, Katureebe he said the Judiciary has been grappling with case delays and case backlog in the administration of justice. However, he noted that the system will easily connect parties to a case, including interpreters and law enforcers with the magistrate’s court in real time. For a start, the system will connect the magistrate’s to Luzira prison’s virtual courts fitted at the male and women’s wings using video conferencing facilities. Each of the courts is fitted with virtual servers, big flat screens and cameras to relay sound and video.

Katureebe said they are starting with cases slated for mention and those that have no witnesses. The prisoners with such cases will be taken to the virtual courts  within the prison where they will be allowed to follow the proceedings during the mention through video conferencing.This will work for not only cases at Buganda Road court but also for other magistrate’s courts in Kampala and Wakiso, such as the Mengo court.

 

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Published: April 15, 2019