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KAMPALA -- The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) on the 27th -28th March, 2013 facilitated a two day residential training at Ridar Hotel in Seeta for trial judges. The workshop was officially opened by the Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki. In his opening remarks, the Chief Justice noted that the workshop was timely because upon the conclusion the Susan Kigula and Stephen Tigo cases, there is concern about the lack of consistency and certainty in the subsequent sentences handed out by the courts in Capital offences.

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KAMPALA – The Judiciary from January 14 – 18, 2013 held the 15th edition of the Judges conference here in Kampala which is an annual event that brings together judicial officers and members of the bench from all parts of the country to take stock of the judiciary’s achievements, challenges and also map out strategies on how to best deliver justice for all. The 15th Annual judges conference is being held at Hotel Africana here in Kampala under the theme “Managing a Modern and Responsive Judiciary.

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Thursday, 13 January 2011 00:00

The 13th Annual Judges Conference (2011)

The 13th Annual Judges Conference is scheduled for 16th - 20th January 2011.The conference will be held at Mbale Resort Hotel, Mbale. The theme of the conference is, ‘Consolidating the achievements of JLOS quick wins strategy’. The objective of the conference on the other hand is to review the performance of the judiciary during 2010 and set plans for 2011.

The conference will be opened by the Rt. Hon Prime Minister Prof. Apollo Nsibambi. It will be attended by Judges, Registrars, Senior Administrators and stake holders in the administration of justice. Participants will review the performance of Judiciary in 2010 and identify strategies for improving performance in 2011.

 

 

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After repeated criticism against the Judiciary about abuse of execution of court orders and judgments by court bailiffs, judicial officers and advocates, the Principal Judge, Hon. Justice Y. Bamwiine has created an execution Division at the High Court, to be solely responsible for handling executions from all the Divisions of the High Court and surrounding magisterial areas of Buganda Road, Mengo, Nakawa, Mengo, Nabweru and Makindye. 

It is expected that the Execution Division will standardize execution proceedings, improve execution of court orders and greatly reduce abuse of court process. Relatedly, the Division will strengthen judicial control of executions through timely response to public complaints against bailiffs and other officers of the court.

All executions and applications for stay of executions will be handled at the Divisions thus reducing delay and injustice which is caused through protracted execution proceedings.For the time being, Mr. Muwata, has been deployed as Registrar of the new Division and is in the process of setting up the Registry. The Principal Judge will soon name a Judge to head the Division.

Additional information on the new Division can be obtained from the Public Relations Officer of the Judiciary.

 

Published: June 30 2011

 

 

 

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At least 100 election petitions filed in the courts of judicature across the country, disputing the outcome of the recent parliamentary and local council elections, are set to be heard beginning this week, after a few others commenced last week.

Hearing of the election petitions will be held in the months of May and June 2011. In an administrative circular released on April 18 2011, the Principal Judge , Justice Yorokamu Bamwine said a team of twenty four (24) honorabale judges had been designated to handle the said petitions. They will liase with the civil division in making all the requisite arrangements for the effecient and expeditious disposal of all petitions.

List of election petitions before the Judiciary and the judges to hear the cases countrywide

Justice Kibuuka Musoke (Kampala)
Hussein Bukenya Vs Gilbert Bukenya.
Muwanga Kivumbi Vs Faisal Kikulukunyu
Henry M. Makumbi Vs Kaddu S. Mukasa
Moses Kasibante Vs Singh Katongole

Justice Kiryabwire Geoffrey (Kampala)
Najja Twaha Vs Sebuliba Mutumba
William Kanyike Vs Sebuliba Mutumba.

Justice Andrew Bashaija (Entebbe)
Haruna B. Mujuni Vs E. Commission
Sarah Nakiito Vs Electoral Commission
Jonah Nsubuga Vs Mathias B. Lwanga
Patience Mubangizi Vs Mohammed Kawuma

Justice Benjamin Kabiito (Luwero)
Lugudde Nabatanzi Vs E. C & two others
Philip Aligawesa Vs James A. Byandala
Godfrey Ssali Vs Electoral Commission

Justice Simon Mugenyi (Fort Portal)
Edison Rukeeba Vs Patrick Mulindwa
Okwir Rabwoni Vs Stephen Kaija
Tom Butiine Vs DavidMuhumuza
Fred Businge Police Vs Yokasi Bwambale

Justice Elizabeth Nahamya (Kasese)
Christopher Kibazanga Vs Mawa Muhindo
Rehema Muhindo Vs Winfred Kiiza
Emmanuel Kyalimpa Vs Siwako Selestino
Aggrey Kyobuguzi Vs E. C & two others

Justice Wilsen Kwesiga (Masindi)
Aisha Agaba vs Electoral Commission
Shaban Bukenya vs E. C & Sam Otada
Phinehas Kyotasobora vs K. Masiko
Norah Birigwa vs Beatrice Mpairwe
Wandera Atuhairwe vs Fred Lukumu

Justice Masalu Musene (Soroti)
Hilda Akabway Vs Silas Amodoi
Abraham Isamat Vs Francis Epatait

Justice Vincent Zehurikize (Bushenyi)
Matsiko Rurangaranga Vs Eng Katwiremu
Tayebwa Odo Vs Nasser Bassajjabalaba
Mwine Mpaka Vs Gerald Agaba

Justice C. Bamugemereire (Mbarara)
John Kazoora Vs Medard Bitekyerezo
Moses Kyarimpa Vs Nuuru Sekamwa
Grace Bagyenyi Vs RichardTabaro
Alex Musinguzi Vs Deus Owesigga

Justice Flavia Senoga (Kiruhura)
Genesio Tumuramye Vs Fred Mwesigye
Vincent Mugyereka Vs Leonidas Mbabazi
Fred Bwengye Vs Stanley Katongana
Nicholas Muriisa Vs George Ruyondo

Justice Stephen Musota (Lira)
Paul Amoru Omiat Vs Felix Okot Ogong
George William Otim Nape Vs Fred Ebil
Ruth Adupa Vs Cecilia Atim Ogwal
Sam Otto Ochola Vs Betty Amongi

Justice Joseph Murangira ( Arua)
Santos Eriwaga Vs Gen. Moses Ali
Jessica Eriyo Vs Jessico Abiku
Kania Obiga Vs Kasiano Wadri
Richard Angualia Vs Alex Onzima
John Owiny Birombo Vs Emmy Kakura William
Erisom Alenyo Vs Robert Okumu
Justice Opio Rubby Aweri (Gulu)
Simon Tolit Akech Vs Jacob Olanya
Molly Lanyero Vs Sarah Lanyero Ocheing
James Kidega Vs Odonga Otto
Margaret Akidi Vs Adong Lire
Rugadya Atwooki (Mbale/Tororo)
Kezial Ochwo Vs Sarah Achieng Opendi
Emmanuel Otaala Vs Jacob Obbo Markson
Sam Ourum Okiror Vs David Ochwa
Apollo Yeri Ofwono Vs Tanna Sanay
Aggrey Awori Vs Kevina Taaka Wanaha

Justice Paul Mugamba
Samuel Gashari Vs Wamakuyu Mudimi
Joshua Kasibu Vs Mbogo Kezekia
Godfrey Mwisakka Kaboole Vs Tonny Kipoi Nsubuga
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu Wambede Vs Gudoi Yahaya
Collins Mukoni Vs Simon Mulongo

Justice Oumo Oguli
Martin Wanda Vs Kafabusa
Nelson Kaprokuto Vs National Council for Higher Education
Yusuf Arapkissa Yekko Vs Abdi Chemaset Fadil
Mayusi Vs Electoral Commission

Justice Chibita Mike
James Wotsuna Masaba Vs Simon PeterWonanzofu
Geoffrey Mugeni Vs George Ouma Adea
Stephen Wasike Mugeni Vs JohnMulimba
Ronny Waluku Wataka Vs Tonny Kipoi Nsubuga
Jennifer Namuyangu Kacha Vs Kamba Saleh

Justice Eldad Mwangusya ( Jinja/Mukono)
Dr. Frank Wilber Force Nabwiso Vs Mbagadhi
John Bajjampola Vs Hillary Simbwa Mulangira
Derrick Mutema Vs Peter Bakaluba Mukasa
Mary Nalugo Sekiziyivu Vs PeterBakaluba Mukasa
George Wilson Kumama Nsamba Vs Madada Kyabakoze
Maureen Waluube Kyalya Vs Flavia.Mujunzi

Justice Lameck Mukasa
Hussein Nabukeera Hanifah Vs RonaldKibuule
Benjamin Katana Vs Richard Aballa
Abedi Nasser Mudiobole Vs PeterMugema
Stephen Oguttu Bonventure Vs MosesWandera

Justice Billy Kainamura
Grace Kiirya Wanzaala Vs Daudi Migereko.
David Ronnie Mutebi Vs Dr. Micheal Bayigga Lulume
Martin Ngoili Vs EC
Charles Mutyabule Naluswa Vs Ahmed Kawooya Mugana
Ephraim Denis Balweniregha Vs Micheal.Saire

Justice Monica Mugenyi
Paul Mwiru Vs NathanIgeme
George Abbott Ouma Vs Peter Okeyoh
Nelson Gagawala Wambuzi Vs Returning Officer
Christine Kasule Mugerwa Vs Electoral Commission
Peter Patrick Ochieng Vs Stephen Mayende Dede

Justice Owiny Dollo
Iddi Lubyayi Kisiki Vs Deo Kiyingi
Dr. Deo Kizito Lukyamuzi Vs Mathias Kasamba
Mathias Birekerawo Nsubuga Vs Muyanja Mbabali
Umar Lule Mawiya Vs S Vincent Sempijja Bamulangaki
Moses Kabuusu s Wagaba Vs Timothy Lwanga Mutekanga

Justice Elizabeth Musoke (Masaka)
Jude Mbabali Vs Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi
Francis Zavier Mugala Vs Electoral Commission
Margaret Nabatanzi Vs Florence Kintu
Halima Nakawungu Vs Sarah Namaganda
Geoffrey Kwijuka Vs Emmanuel Kamuhingo.

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Sentencing in Uganda has been described as erratic, unscientific and uncertain with no shortage of complaints of why sentences are too soft, harsh or why the poor receive disproportionately higher sentences than the rich.Individual judicial officers have often described sentencing as one of the most difficult aspects of adjudication because of limited guidance on arriving at appropriate sentences.

In the public domain, the public does not appreciate why certain sentences are imposed. Only recently, when the International Criminal Division sentenced one of the master minds in the Kampala terrorist bombing which killed more than sixty people to twenty five years imprisonment, newspapers and the electronic were awash with public complaints against the judiciary for being insensitive to the needs of those who lost their dear ones during the bombing. In one scenario, one argued that it would have been better if the convict had been subjected to swift mob justice! Of course, we can only guess what kind of sentence the public would have imposed.

It is against this background that the Chief Justice and the Justice Law and Order Sector in conjunction with DANIDA is developing sentencing guidelines to regulate and provide for standardization of sentencing in Uganda.

The sentencing guidelines shall provide for sentences which reflect the seriousness of the offense bearing in mind the degree of harmfulness or risked harmfulness of the of fences , prevailing circumstances and the degree of culpability.

Besides, the sentencing guidelines will ensure that judicial officers take into account the rights of the victim and the community in arriving at the appropriate sentence hence reforming the criminal justice system which has hitherto been defense centered.

For the first time in Uganda, it will be possible for a convict and the public to know what kind of sentence is likely to be imposed since a judicial officer will be given a possible range of sentences to impose unless he or she has strong reasons to depart from the prescribed range. What this will do, like it did in England, is that both the rich and poor will get equal sentences- thus bringing equity within the judicial arena.

Under the reforms, it is proposed to establish a sentencing council which shall inter alia be responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for all courts in Uganda, developing a national sentencing policy, sensitizing the public about sentencing processes to enhance public confidence in the criminal justice.

A task force Chaired by the Hon. The Principal Judge Justice Yorokamu Bamwine and working with the Uganda Law Reform Commission is in the final stages of preparing the sentencing guidelines which will be submitted to all the relevant stakeholders before they are submitted to the Chief Justice.

The Chief Justice is likely to operationalise the Sentencing Guidelines through a Practice Direction under article 132 of the Constitution before April 2012 as he awaits the enactment of a law establishing the Sentencing Council by Parliament.

 

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Uganda hosted the 16th Commonwealth and Judges Association (CMJA) triennial conference from 10 – 15, September 2012 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

 

The CMJA was founded in 1970 originally being called the Commonwealth Magistrates’ Association. The current name was adopted in 1988. The aim and objectives of the Association include; advancement of the of the law by promoting the independence of the judiciary; advance education in the law, the administration of justice, the treatment of offenders and the prevention of crime within the Commonwealth and lastly, to disseminate information and literature on all matters of interest concerning the legal process within the various countries comprising the Commonwealth.

 

The Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association is a membership based organization that draws membership from all the 54 commonwealth countries and the 10 dependent territories. Its membership is open to all judges, registrars and magistrates in the commonwealth. Justices of peace are associate members of the CMJA. The Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) is a full and active member of the CMJA with its membership consisting of Judges, Registrars and Magistrates.

 

The 16th triennial conference was held under the theme: Justice for Everyone: Myth or Reality? This international conference is held every three years where issues of constitutionalism, the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and good governance are discussed. About 500 judicial officers from all members of the commonwealth are expected to attend this conference that will be held at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala.

In the Africa region, the CMJA conference has previously been hosted in Zimbabwe (August 1994), South Africa (November 1997) and Malawi (August 2003). The last CMJA triennial conference was held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in July 2011 where Uganda was nominated to host this year’s conference. His Lordship Benjamin Odoki, the Hon. Chief Justice of Uganda having been very instrumental in developing the Bangalore Principles that have shaped the image of judicial systems in commonwealth jurisdictions accepted the honor bestowed on Uganda by the CMJA to host this conference.

For more information, visit official website of the CMJA here: www.cmja.org

 

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