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Overview of Sector Performance (FY 2014/15)

The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Annual Report 2014/15, provides information on the performance of the Sector for Financial Year 2014/15.  The outputs, their indicators and associated targets, and actions outlined in FY2014/15 sector work plan and budget are used as the framework for the analysis

After a two-year wait, the Sector has a substantive Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice. As a sector we believe that with the sector leadership now fully constituted we are on the road to takeoff. We have high hopes that we shall now score more highly in public trust as well as independence of our judicial processes.

Sector institutions were involved in legal reform and drafting of legislation with many such Bills now before Parliament. However the increasing enlightenment of society has generated greater debate on legal and policy issues. This has come with an increased need for consultation on all laws proposed and has not only increased cost of law reform in money terms but time as well.

The sector also record breaking recruitments in crime fighting agencies such as, UPF with 4,906 Probationary Police Constables and 728 cadets passed out while 3,500 police constables and 500 cadets are training at PTS Kabalye, UPS with 1,250 Prison Warders and Wardresses admitted and commissioned and the DPP with over 90 state attorneys recruited.

The sector now has a complete chain of frontline JLOS service points operating from own buildings in 53.6% of the districts. However following poor performance of the sector budget this financial year, there was stagnation in new construction projects and if funding does not improve in the coming financial year we are likely to fall behind in the percentage coverage of districts. This is likely to be further compounded by the creation of new districts.

JLOS agencies involved in the fight against crime are commended, for effectively managing to keep the levels of crime low and enhancing the speed of disposal of criminal cases, arising out of the enhanced capacity to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases as well as rehabilitation of inmates. This is exemplified by the high conviction rates, standing at about 64%, reducing rates of recidivism and increased disposal rate of cases, which now stands at 95.8% if taken as a proportion of cases registered over the same time period. Our challenge is growth in organized and violent crime, leading to prolific and high profile murders that have claimed the lives of innocent Ugandans. In the reporting period, plea bargaining was piloted targeting persons who were committed for trial in the High Court. This intervention is commended for reducing overstay on remand for capital offenders to 10.5 months over the reporting period as well as the reduction in the committed population and remand prisoners from 56% to 54%.

Arua Remand home is now finally operational, reducing the burden on the districts in West Nile that had to remand juveniles in Kampala or Gulu, leading to miscarriage of justice since many such cases would be dismissed for failure to deliver suspects to court. However given the investment and the capacity of the remand home, there is need for review of its operations such that it serves as both a remand home and a rehabilitation centre for juveniles sentenced to rehabilitation in Kampiringisa.

The sector is on course to eliminate the bucket system in places of detention with a critical focus on the Prison Service. With investments made earlier and commitment to fund 40 other such prison sanitation projects we have now achieved 76%.

The UHRC annual report 2014/15 shows an 11% reduction in complaints of alleged human rights complaints against the UPF. This is testimony that continued civic education as well as sensitization of duty bearers, has positive impact on the deepening of the human rights culture in the sector.

The Anti-Corruption Court is now fully operational following the resolution of the Constitutional challenge to its operations. In the reporting period according to statistics from the Judiciary CAAS, the number of cases disposed as a proportion of those filed, increased from 45% in 2013/14 to now 124% in the reporting period.

Arua Remand home is now finally operational, reducing the burden on the districts in West Nile that had to remand juveniles in Kampala or Gulu. This is will reduce the resulting miscarriage of justice since many such cases would previously be dismissed for failure to deliver suspects to court.

The sector has now taken a leap forward and rolled out ADR in other focus areas such as family, land and other civil matters both in Judicial and quasi-judicial institutions. This is critical for improved delivery of justice.

Improvements have been recorded in financial management, with growing absorption rates as well as higher fiduciary discipline. The number of sector institutions returning clean audits in FY2013/14 grew 7 fold and the SWAP fund also returned a clean audit.
DCIC made significant progress in implementation of the National ID project, especially the mass enrolment and issuance of National IDs. Currently out of the over 18 million persons enrolled over 6 million have already received their National Identity Cards.

The above achievements not withstanding there is need for massive publicity calling upon those registered to pick up their national IDs and for the creation of permanent centres where this exercise is undertaken. 

Secondly the sector must address the challenge arising out of the fact that most JLOS service points save for policing, are largely urban based and at district headquarters. The sector must go down to the county and sub-county levels. There is need to fast track the rationalization of magisterial areas and recruit more Magistrates Grade I to replace Magistrates Grade II that are being phased out so that a vacuum is not created by their departure. Such a vacuum may lead to people resorting to shortcuts such as mob justice to achieve their own mode of justice. Government is called upon to address the continued non functionality of LC Courts I and II.

The state of infrastructure and land ownership in former Local Administration Prisons (LAP) has to some extent delayed implementation of programmes to improve some of the prison units.

The efforts of the UPF are commended but there is need to address the continued non-compliance with the 48 hour rule which features highly among the complaints lodged in the UHRC.

To promote the fight against corruption the sector must de-concentrate the anti-corruption court to ensure that it is not a Kampala preserve that increases operational costs of other JLOS institutions that service the court.

Given the investment and the capacity of the remand homes, there is need for review of s operations such that they serve as both a remand home and a rehabilitation centre for juveniles sentenced to rehabilitation in Kampiringisa.

[Extracted from the JLOS Annual Performance Report 2014/15]



Annual Performance Report (2014/15)

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Semi-annual JLOS Review

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Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:08

Sector Achievements (FY 2011 – 2012)


In the period reviewed (FY 2011/12), 13 bills were enacted into law bringing to 76% the number priority laws under SIPII enacted. At the same time the sectors developed and ensured the gazzeting of various statutory instruments and sensitized duty bearers. As a result 90% of the enacted laws were implemented. To ensure an up-to-date statute book the sector has also revised 95% principal laws by incorporating amendments, repealing obsolete provisions and ensuring that the law is clear and accessible. The sector is thereafter exploring possibilities of fast-tracking the production of electronic versions of the laws to facilitate access to laws. Currently access to up to date laws and case precedents stands at 47.4%.

The sector has continued to build its capacity to fight corruption and deepened the use of prosecution led investigation.This strategy is responsible for the high conviction rate in anti-corruption cases which is 64%. The sector also ensured that 8priority bills that had lapsed with the 8th Parliament were re-tabled. The JSC was constituted and is now operational. However the low disposal rate of disciplinary cases in the JSC and Law Council remains a challenge.

In terms of addressing human rights observance there was a noticeable reduction in human rights violations by JLOS institutions. In the Uganda prisons 87.6% of the units now have functional human rights committee. The sector strategy to increase carrying capacity in prisons resulted into a 54% increase in prisons carrying capacity over SIPII period although this increase was short of the prison population growth which was 72%. It is therefore not surprising that 35% of the prison units have serious congestion levels.

Sector investments and the adoption of human rights based approach resulted in the elimination of the bucket system in 32% of prison units over the SIPII period. Mortality rates in prisons have also considerably reduced from over 10 deaths for every 1000 inmates at the start of the SIPII to under 2deaths for every 1000 inmates now. The sector also enhanced staff housing in police and prisons through the construction of barracks while staff of other JLOS institutions working in some hard to reach areas were also provided with accommodation.

The sector also continued with programmes to enhance human rights awareness especially targeting former staff of the Local Administration Prisons and Special Police Constables. Over 1500 were trained in basic human rights skills. Through continuous community awareness using meetings, baraazas and media campaigns, many Ugandans have become conscious of their rights. No wonder the numbers of complaints registered are high. The challenge remains the slow disposal rate of complaints by the UHRC tribunals.

Taking services to the people remained a top priority of the sector in the period under review. Various construction projects for the JLOs frontline institutions have been constructed strengthening sector physical and functional presence. It is worth reporting that 56% of the constructions under PRDP that had stalled are now completed and over 30% others are expected to be completed before the end of this calendar year 2012. Currently Courts are functionally present in 95% of districts while DPP is present in 84 districts following opening of 7 new stations.

There are now 223 functional prison units and police 321 police stations and 1694 police stations spread in over 98% of the sub counties. In the reporting period the sector registered 144% disposal rate of registered cases and 48% total disposal rate of cases. This is the first time the sector has been able to dispose more cases than are registered since the start of the sector wide approach. This performance resulted into 21.7% reduction in case backlog and a reduction in the average length of stay on remand for capital offender to 11.8months as well as a 3.7% increase in convicted prisoners. This performance is collaborated with the high public satisfaction with JLOs services which stands at 60% according to the recently concluded JLOS baseline survey. More judicial officers state attorneys and prison warders were recruited and trained while 500 cadets recruited in 2010 were passed.

In the period under review as a result of partnership with non-state actor the sector registered a 56% increase in access to legal aid. In terms of legal education the adoption of pre-entry examinations has begun to bear fruit. There was registered a 550% increase in pass rate from 06% in 2010 to 37% in 2012. However given the high population growth rate and the high growth rate of the prisoner population staffing levels in the police and prisons remain low. The police population ratio deteriorated from 1:709 to 1:755 while the warder prisoner ratio deteriorated from 1:4.5 to 1:5. In some places the ratio is 1:10.

By employing both reactive and proactive measures the sector registered a 43% reduction in incidence of crime over SIPII period. Juvenile offenders reduced by 32% as well as cases of rape and corruption. The increased capacity and skills of investigator and prosecutors resulted into an increase in conviction rates from 49% to 53%.

By moving away from punitive to correctional methodology the sector has reduced the rates for reoffending from 45% at the start of the SIPII to 26.7% in the year under review. Strategies such as community service as an alternative to imprisonment, prisoner rehabilitation programmes and prisoner’s reintegration programmes as well as skills training are responsible for the positive trend. Many inmates were enrolled in rehabilitative programmes and formal education.  The sector continued to build the capacity and use of forensic science and continued to roll out the canine unit which is helping to wipe out thefts and burglary.

In terms of safety 0.3% reduction in road traffic accidents was recorded and 11 fire Centres were established targeting major towns in the country. Although the number of fires reported increased, the response time reduced from over 3hours to under 30minutes. It was deplorable however that the number of women committing crime increased by 48%, cases related to trafficking in narcotics increased by 79% and there was also an upward trend in the number of defilement cases that increased by 2%.

The sector remained on course to reform commercial laws and 76% priority commercial laws were enacted over the SIPII period.  Following the adoption of case backlog reduction strategy and the prioritization of civil case backlog, there was registered a 173% disposal rate of registered civil cases and 134% disposal rate of registered land cases. The total number of commercial cases disposed increased by 23.6%;  44 mediators were trained and 9 were deployed in the commercial court.

The proposes of rolling out mediation to land, family and civil divisions as well as the establishment of the small claims procedure is on course. In the reporting period 17 land courts were established as part of innovations to deal with the growing backlog of land cases while non-tax revenue collection grew by 34%.  The sector however registered a low disposal rate of tax disputes and due to slow pace of innovations the country dropped 3 places in ease of doing business index, majorly caused by inefficiencies of actors outside of JLOS.

Under transitional justice, the amnesty act was renewed, though part II was allowed to lapse as the sector fast tracks the completion the transitional justice police and legal framework. The sector developed and launched the third Sector Strategic Investment Plan; completed a mapping of JLOS presence using GIS; undertook a baseline survey of perception indicators; finalized management information systems study and continued to deepen communication cooperation and communication among JLOS institutions and stakeholders.

The 3rd JLOS open day was held in Kampala in the reporting period providing opportunity to reach out to the public. The sector also held the 6th National JLOS Forum under the theme a pro people justice system during which the sector was encourage to work out strategies to integrate traditional and formal justice processes among others. In the period under review the sector also registered strengthened strong cooperation and support of development partners.

The sector however is faced with challenges including enforcement of laws; institutional barriers to access to JLOS Services such as technical, cost and related barriers; low serviced delivery and institutional productivity; public perception of JLOS institutions as highly corrupt; low levels of public confidence in the justice system especially among the youth;  welfare of staff especially in police and prisons continued; delay to constitute local council court as well as limited capital budgets and high cost of rent among others. These among other challenges call for innovation and continued support from the government, the public, development partners and all stakeholders.


 JLOS Annual Performance Report (2011 - 2012)

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Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:07

Sector Achievements (FY 2012 – 2013)


During the financial year of 2012 - 2013, the Justice, Law and Order Sector continued to focus on three outcomes of strengthening policy and legal frameworks for effectiveness and efficiency; enhance people’s access to JLOS services and drive the country towards deeper observance of human rights while promoting institutional and individual accountability. We now present a highlight of the sector's performance based on the three outcomes laid out in the Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III).

Outcome 1: Strengthening Policy and Legal Frameworks

A strong, harmonized and consistent legal, regulatory and policy environment is conducive for national development and is a core public good under the mandate of the Justice, Law and Order Sector. This plays a critical role in enhancing productivity growth; improving country competitiveness and is a basis for socio-economic transformation.

Under this outcome, the Sector was able to complete a study and prepare draft legislation to amend legislation affected by decisions of Court. We also initiated legislation to strengthen institutions including the Judiciary Administration Bill and an enabling law for the DPP. As a result of these interventions, Uganda is now ranked 80th out of 144 countries globally in the Global Competitiveness’ Index of Judicial Independence.

The Sector also developed joint inspection guidelines, which are expected to improve inspections across JLOS institutions, strengthen the Inspectors’ Forum and popularize and enforce set targets on compliance with codes of conduct.

11 out of the 17 JLOS institutions now have approved institutional Strategic Investment Plans, and 5 have final drafts awaiting management approval. In addition to this, the DPP, UHRC, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons, TAT, URSB and DCIC developed service delivery standards.

Sentencing Guidelines for Courts of Judicature were launched to promote transparency and uniformity in sentencing, provide mechanisms of victims and community participation in criminal justice and equal protection of the law.

A handbook on verification of Uganda Citizenship was developed to guide the mass enrollment of citizens under the National Security Information Systems project and the issuance of national identity cards. To date 30,000 national Identity cards have been issued and it is expected that by 2016, over 16 million Ugandans would have been issued with national identity cards.

The sector completed its study on Traditional Justice and Truth Telling and a final report was printed. The report recommends the recognition of traditional justice and truth telling mechanisms as legitimate justice options for dispute settlement in post-conflicts situations.

The Justice, Law and Order Sector has also supported the International Crimes Division of the High Court to develop Rules of Procedure and Evidence that are now pending adoption by the Rules Committee. The Sector also maintained its recommendations for a conditional amnesty, while committing to make provision for amnesty in the Transitional Justice law.

We have identified opportunities offered by regional integration and are undertaking efforts to harness these opportunities. The Sector has finalized drafting of amendments to number of statutory instruments to bring them into compliance with the East African Common Market Protocol.

Outcome 2: Enhance Access to JLOS Services

Under this outcome, the Sector focuses on improving the availability and accessibility of it’s services. This is being done by making its service points more accessible for people with disabilities, elderly people, vulnerable persons and extend selected services in land and family justice to the rural areas.

In focusing on improving the availability and accessibility of JLOS services, the Sector invested in increasing case disposal, physical de-concentration of services, reduction of lead times, reduction in crime and easing business registration processes.

In the reporting period, infrastructure development continued. The sector opened and staffed 9 new Grade One magistrates’ Courts and constructed 5 One-stop JLOS service points in Kayunga, Lamwo, Isingiro, Kanungu and Bundibugyo, thereby completing the chain of justice. Ground breaking took place for a further Mini-JLOS station in Kyenjojo.

The Uganda Police Force completed construction of the CIID headquarters at Naguru, which are currently housing the police headquarters as efforts are underway to construct the JLOS House and UPF headquarters.

The Sector is developing an infrastructure development plan and concluded th establishment of a sector wide geographical information system (GIS) to guide and inform investments in infrastructure.

In terms of case disposal, the courts recorded 89.12% disposal rate of registered cases disposing 112,996 cases compared to 126,781 cases registered. The disposal rate in Chief Magistrates Courts stood at 92% of registered cases, while Grade one and two magistrates Courts registered 95% and 97% respectively. As a result, the sector registered an improvement in the average length of stay on remand for capital offences at 11.4 months from 11.8 months reported in 2011/12.

The JLOS House project commenced with the allocation of Shs.5.7 billion which was applied to the preparation of detailed designs for the construction, resettlement of police officers and fencing of the land. The Inspector General of Police on September 19th 2013 officially handed over the site for the construction of the JLOS House Complex which when complete will provide decent office accommodation to a host of JLOS institutions saving the government $5m spent on rent annually!!!

The DCIC issued 76,499 passports to Ugandans representing a 7.7% growth in the number of passports issued and the lead-time for passport issuance was maintained at 10 days. URSB completed 39,824 transactions in the Business registry including registration of 17,424 Companies, 16,443 documents and 1,703 Trademarks. The Civil registry recorded 49,130 transactions including registration of 44,060 births, 2,564 deaths and 24 adoptions.

The Law Development Centre published 3,000 copies of the Uganda Law Reports for 2006 and 2009 to support the dissemination of decisions and development of jurisprudence. The Judiciary in turn developed court user guides; 

The DPP developed a gender policy and the Uganda Police created a department of gender and sexual based violence aimed at eliminating bias and discrimination in access to justice by the vulnerable.

Through outreach programmes, the Uganda Law Society sensitized communities on a wide array of legal and human rights issues. While the Tax Appeals Tribunal amended it’s Rules of Procedure to provide for more user-friendly procedures for the users resulting into a 76% disposal rate of cases.

Under SIP III, we continue to give special consideration to children, poor women and men and other identified categories of users. In this regard, the Administrator General opened a total of 3,058 new files, inspected 167 estates and wound up 200 estates as planned. Land courts were rolled out to 15 Chief Magisterial areas and as a result 1,576 land cases were disposed of. The UPF sensitized 330 police officers on child protection and the laws on SGBV, conducted 544 home visits, 167 school visits and 217 networking activities involving 61,954 participants. The Sector also registered a 9.9% overall reduction in juveniles involved in crime in the reporting period.

With improved investigations, capacity conviction rates are now at 53.6% and specific measures to boost rehabilitation of offenders including juveniles have led to reduced levels of recidivism. The UPF canine unit was expanded from 36 police stations in 2011 to 44 in 2012. The UPF has also rolled out the community policing programme. UPF also registered a decrease in terrorism activities and this has been attributed to sensitization workshops and awareness campaigns.

The sector also continued to work to ensure that there is a functional low cost model for legal aid that integrates the state briefs, standards for legal aid provision and complements the pro-bono scheme. To this end, a draft Legal Aid policy was finalized and approved by the Sector Leadership. The Uganda Law Society opened 3 new legal aid clinics in Mbarara, Arua and Soroti and handled a total of 8,359 clients. 

The Law Development Centre in turn handled 770 cases in its clinics and was able to divert 764 child offenders. Justice Centres Uganda reached 16,004 persons and held 154 community outreaches focusing on specific issues notably how to resolve land conflicts and family disputes.

Outcome 3: Human Rights Observance Promoted

Justice systems are hinged on human rights principles, which are enshrined in international and regional treaties, national constitutions and laws. The role of JLOS institutions is to promote these human rights, including the right to a fair and speedy trial, and the right to freedom from torture.

In the reporting year, the Sector has been able to maintain the average time of disposal of human rights complaints at 24 months, in line with the set targets. The disposal rate of registered human rights complaints stands at 29.6% compared to 22.3% in 2011. Human rights desks have been established in the Uganda Police Force and functional human rights committees have been established in 95% of the prison units.

Within the reporting period 35,565 prisoners were looked after and provided with 3 meals a day, medical care and basic necessities. Sanitary items were provided to all female inmates and 148 babies residing with their mothers in the prisons were supported.

In the 2012 - 2013 reporting period, 7,869 inmates were imparted with life skills ranging from industrial training and agricultural skills to formal education. 15,607 inmates were counseled and 791 were re-integrated into their communities once they had completed their sentences.

Through its anti-corruption strategy that addresses both individual and institutional accountability, the Sector is mainstreaming accountability and the national policy on zero tolerance to corruption in management of public services. 

The Anti-corruption Division obtained a 95.7% disposal rate, with 360 of the 376 registered cases disposed of. The Judicial Service Commission registered a 57.6% disposal rate of registered cases and as a result of the cases handled 6 judicial officers were dismissed, 2 were retired in public interest and 2 were severely reprimanded. The Law Council also registered a 36.5% disposal rate of complaints against Advocates.



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Sector Achievements (FY 2013 – 2014)

The Justice Law and Order Sector is a significant innovation now in operation for 15 years as a holistic Government approach focused on improving the administration of justice, maintenance of law and order as well as the promotion, protection and respect of human rights. JLOS is focused on increasing public confidence and trust in the justice system as well as user satisfaction in the services offered by the sector..

The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Annual Performance Report for the Financial Year 2013/14, assesses the performance of the sector during the FY 2013/14 across the seventeen institutions that constitute the JLOS annual planning and budgeting framework. Performance was measured at all levels of the results chain from impact to results, outputs, activities and input usage. The performance information in the report was generated from the analysis of the data from sector submissions.

The report is an account of the journey being undertaken by the sector to increase public satisfaction with JLOS services to 70% by 2016; improve public confidence in the justice system to 44% in 2016 and enhancing the index of judicial independence from 3.8 to 4 in 2016 – all in line with the Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III). This is the second annual performance report under the Third Sector Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) adopted in March 2012. The report follows the SIP III structure and tracks performance against targets set out in the JLOS Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

This performance report covers all activities undertaken and outputs produced by the JLOS agencies using the totality of the JLOS resource envelope. The resource envelope includes the SWAP basket fund, Government of Uganda recurrent and development expenditure as well as other multilateral and bilateral project support that the sector institutions accessed during the FY 2013/14.

Key Milestones

In the year under review, the sector continued to focus on three outcomes of strengthening policy and legal frameworks for effectiveness and efficiency; enhance people’s access to JLOS services and drive the country towards deeper observance of human rights while promoting institutional and individual accountability.

According to the Doing Business Index of 2014, Uganda has improved 7 places from position 129 to 122 partly because of reforms in business registration and reduction in lead times such as the time it takes to conduct a search which is now under 30 minutes and registration of business now takes 16 working hours.

The lead times in issuance of work permits has improved to 8 days and while the lead-time for processing of passports was maintained at 10 days on account of the operationalization of new passport processing centers.

The sector has now achieved 46.8% coverage in terms of districts with a complete chain of front-line JLOS services compared to 34.8% coverage in 2012/13 i.e. a 34.5% growth in infrastructure coverage.

Responding to the need to deepen sector functional presence and ensure that vulnerable people do not traverse long distances to access JLOS services, 35 new service points were opened by various JLOS institutions. As such the number of districts with a functional chain of front-line JLOS service point’s increased by 7% from 79 to 84 which is 75% district coverage compared to 70% at the start of the financial year.

The sector in 2013/14 registered a 10.5% increase in the total number of cases disposed with (124,897 cases disposed compared to116367 cases in 2012/13) at all levels of court which translates into 90% disposal rate of registered cases and 41.4% of the total number of cases in the system.

As a result of this performance, the average length of stay on remand for capital offenders reduced from 11.4 months to 10.5 months while that of non-capital offenders reduced from 3 to 2 months.

Responding to the need to deepen sector functional presence and ensure that vulnerable people do not traverse long distances to access JLOS services, 35 new service points were opened by various JLOS institutions As such the number of districts with a functional chain of front-line JLOS service points increased by 7% from 79 to 84 which is 75% district coverage compared to 70% at the start of the financial year.

The sector registered a 0.5% reduction in the volume of crime and incidence of crime reduced from 305 for every 100,000 persons 2012 to 273 for every 100,000 persons in 2013 according to the Annual Police Crime Report of 2013/14.  This was as a result of strengthened measures to prevent crime, greater reliability of police services with the Uganda Police ranked 95th in the world and 20th in Africa as well as enhanced crime response.

In the area of promotion of human rights, the Uganda Human Rights Commission registered a 65.4% increase in disposal rate of cases with a rate of 45.2% up from 29.6% in previous year.

The sector also registered a 7.6% increase in prisons carrying capacity to 16,094 though the occupancy rate increased by 8.3% to 259% on account of the increase in prison population. In June 2014, the Prison population stood at 41,516 including 55.9% remands prisoners who increased by 8.3% while convicts increased by 7.4%. The “Bucket System” has now been eliminated in 62.7%  of prison units up from 42% in the previous year following  completion of 60 water borne toilets thus improvement of the inmates’ welfare conditions and right to health that brings the coverage to 148 prisons units.

Following the adoption of human rights based approach; complaints of alleged human rights violations against JLOS institutions have started reducing. In the review period complaints against the prisons reduced by 23.6% while those against the police reduced by 0.5%.

The Sector financial reports and statements were audited and returned a clean financial audit report for the SWAp fund. The Justice, Law and Order sector also continued to strengthen complaint handling and disciplinary measures. This is partly manifested by increase in disposal of cases by Judicial Service Commission by 20% over and above the rate of registration posting a case disposal rate of 119.2% amounting to 223 cases.

Justice, Law and Order Sector Services have been recognized by National Development Plan and Uganda Vision 2040 as core and primary factors for economic growth, employment and prosperity. Overall, there is significant potential for the Justice, Law and Order Sector to transform our performance into results that matter to the people of Uganda as we seek to deepen reforms for a pro-people justice system.


Annual Performance Report (2013 - 2014)

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:04

JLOS Recognition Awards 2014


The Justice, Law and Order Sector on October 30, 2014 awarded the prestigious and inaugural JLOS Recognition Award (JRA) to various individuals for their outstanding service. These included former Minister of Internal affairs, Hon. Hilary Onek, Justice, Henry Peter Adonyo, Justice Richard Buteera, Justice Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye, His Worship Gadenya Paul Wolimbwa, Mrs Christine Guwatudde Kintu, Mr. Ernest Bafaki, Mr. George Kasajja and Mrs Josephine Onya Wasike. The award ceremony was presided over by the Ag. chief Justice, Justice Stephen Kavuma. Also present were various heads of JLOS institutions and members of JLOS structures that included the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of state for Labor , Hon. Rukutana, Minister of state for Internal Affairs, Hon. James Baba, the Principal Judge, Justice Yorokamu Bamwine and the Chairperson of the JLOS Development Partners Group, H.E Urban Anderson, ambassador of Sweden to Uganda.

The JLOS Recognition Award is given to individuals for their outstanding public service in the delivery of justice and the advancement/promotion of the rule of law in Uganda.

List of the JLOS Recognition Awards (2014) recipients

Hon. Eng. Hillary Onek. - Former Minister of Internal Affairs and member of the JLOS Leadership Committee (2011 – 2013)

Justice Richard Buteera – Former Director of Public Prosecutions, alternate chairperson, JLOS Steering Committee and historical founding member of the Justice, Law and Order Sector (1999 – 2013)

Mrs Christine Guwatudde Kintu – Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development and member of the JLOS Steering Committee (2011 – 2013)

Justice Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye. Former Ag. Chief Registrar, Courts of Judicature and Chairperson of the JLOS Budget Working Group (2012 – 2014)

Justice Henry Peter Adonyo. Former Ag. Chief Registrar of the High Court, chairperson of JLOS Technical Committee and historical founding member of the Justice, Law and Order Sector (1999 -2012)

His Worship Paul Gadenya Wolimbwa - Currently the Chief Registrar Courts of Judicature and former Senior Technical Advisor at the Justice, Law and Order Sector Secretariat (2009 – 2014).

Mr. Bafaki K. Ernest “ish’abalongo” – Retired civil servant, former Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and chairperson of the JLOS Budget Working Group (2005 – 2012)

Mrs. Josephine Wasike Onya - Former Under-Secretary Ministry of Internal Affairs, and chairperson of the JLOS Technical Committee (2012 – 2013)

George Kasajja - Retired civil servant, former Under-Secretary at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and member of the JLOS Budget Working Group (2009 – 2014)


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Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:52

Justice for Children Program Reviewed


KAMPALA -- The Justice for Children Program (J4C) supported by the Justice, Law and Order Sector has been hailed as a champion for the cause of children in terms of children’s protection, rights and obligations. This was during the review of the J4C program held at Protea Hotel, Kampala on June 12 2014. The review was a stock-taking event to evaluate the programme for the last 2 years, identifying bottlenecks and challenges as well as map out strategies oriented toward ensuring proper delivery of justice services to children.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:18

JLOS Holds Semi-Annual Performance Review


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.

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Monday, 14 October 2013 07:26

JLOS Holds 18th Annual Sector Review


KAMPALA - The Justice, Law and Order Sector on October 8, 2013 held the 18th annual joint Government of Uganda and Development Partners Review that underscored the important role played by functional infrastructure in enhancing service delivery across the chain of justice. The one day conference held under the theme “JLOS infrastructure for improved service delivery” is the first review conference under the JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) that was launched in March 2012.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima who chaired the opening session in his remarks appreciated the development partners for supplementing government efforts in strengthening institutions charged with the administration of justice. He acknowledged the infrastructural challenges faced by the sector citing accommodation in the police and prisons as well as the reality of costly office space for most JLOS institutions. He expressed optimism that the JLOS House project and continued sector support to decongest detention centers would go a long way in solving some of these bottlenecks. Gen. Nyakairima also underlined the sector’s commitment toward ensuring the security of persons and property especially in the wake of increasing terrorism threats and actions.

In his welcome remarks, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Gen. Kahinda Otafiire thanked the JLOS development partners and stakeholders for their continued support and commitment to the Sector and the promotion of a strong justice system in Uganda. He added that even though the first implementation year of SIP III was characterized by lots of challenges, the sector had devised dynamic strategies to address these obstacles and strive toward the goal of promoting the rule of law. Gen. Otafiire said that “brick and mortar” investments (referring to infrastructure) remained a critical component of the sector reform programme, increasing communities’ physical access to JLOS services especially in areas that have previously been marginalized.


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The Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group who is also the Danish ambassador to Uganda, H.E Dan Frederiksen commended the sector for strong commitment toward the observance and promotion of human rights but also expressed concern about some human rights violations in places of detention. H.E Frederiksen also said that the appointment of an unprecedented number of judges in the last financial year was well received by the development partners. Noting that many of those appointed to the bench had served as court registrars, he called upon the Judicial Service Commission to expedite the recruitment of more registrars to fill this gap. The Development partners also commended JLOS for steps toward combating the vice of corruption evidenced through the development of the JLOS anti-corruption strategy and recent launch of the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Strategy.

The Ag. Chief Justice, Justice Stephen B.K Kavuma in his keynote address to participants said that the sector is not only committed to setting up buildings but infrastructure that enhances service delivery and adds value to the lives of the public. He said that sector infrastructure will be designed to provide quality services and support the wider people centered reforms ongoing in the public service. He thanked the development partners especially the Kingdom of the Netherlands ,Denmark, Norway, Austria, the United States of America and the European Union for the enormous support they have given Uganda to build JLOS infrastructure across the country especially in the hard to reach areas. Justice Kavuma also appealed to the Government to support the Shs. 200bn JLOS House Project and shs.150bn required to build a complete chain of justice centers throughout the country within the next five (5) years.

Sector Performance FY 2012 - 2013

In the year 2012-2013, the sector registered a big number of successes even against a backdrop of funding shortfalls from the Government in the last quarter.

For the first time, the President appointed 29 judges at ago. Judges also received some enhancement in their pay. The Uganda Police Force through a multi-pronged approach supported by community policing managed to keep the crime rate at 305 for every 100,000 – making Uganda one of the safest countries to live in.

The Uganda Prisons Service through its rehabilitation and reintegration programmes managed to keep rates of recidivism at less than 3 persons for every 10 convicts. The Directorate of Public Prosecution registered more convictions than acquittals through its quality assurance programmes. The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control opened new centres for issuance of passports say in Mbarara and soon others are to be opened in Mbale.

The Law Development Centre and Uganda Registration Service Bureau opened new service points to serve the public better. Human rights violations against JLOS institutions reduced tremendously in the reporting year following the establishment of Human Right Committees in the Police and Prison Forces and through principled dialogues between the Uganda Human Rights Commission.


In his closing remarks, the Chief Justice strongly reassured the country of the sector’s firm commitment to fight corruption. He said the JLOS Anti-Corruption strategy would be operationalized to fight corruption though strategic pillars of prevention, detection and punishment of the corrupt. The pursuit of these, he said, would go a long way in promoting integrity in the sector and society. The Chief justice also said that JLOS is committed to ensuring quality service standards are established and operationalized such as the introduction of performance management systems in JLOS institutions.



The JLOS Anti-Corruption Strategy (501.06 kB)

Keynote Address by the Chief Justice (188.97 kB)

Remarks by H.E Dan Frederiksen, Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group (103.95 kB)

Welcome Remarks by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (556.23 kB)

Closing Remarks by the Chief Justice (269.24 kB)



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Semi-Annual Performance Report (2012/13)


KAMPALA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector on April 17, 2013 held a semi-annual review for the current Financial Year (FY) of 2012/13 at Kabira Country Club here in Kampala. The semi-annual review is an opportunity for JLOS to assess progress of the sector mid-way through the year on commitments in the Work Plans, the undertakings and in the Government of Uganda Budget. The assessment enables JLOS to establish whether progress is being made and to further establish whether this progress is sufficient to address the needs of the public. The review also gives an opportunity to reflect on sector actions, on the part of both implementers and funders of the programmes.

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