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KAMPALA - The High Court grounds in Kampala literally lit up as Judicial Officers, members of the legal fraternity and representatives of the central government gathered for the launching of the New Law Year on Friday (January 31, 2020).

It is at the New Law Year that the Judiciary accounts to the public for the authority and resources entrusted by the people in the Judiciary.

The Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Bart M Katureebe, presented the State of the Judiciary address where he revealed that the Judiciary had disposed of 181,137 cases. "...the Judiciary made tremendous strides that are worth hailing. Inspite of the limited human resource and other resources, the Judiciary has managed to dispose of a total number of 181,137 cases," he said.

He said the Judiciary has put in place systems, services and innovations intended to improve justice delivery, give quick returns and act more transparently. He went on to enumerate the successes of Plea Bargaining, Mediation and Small Claims Procedure.

 

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Published: January 31, 2020

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The Principal Judge, Hon. Justice Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, flagged off a hands on training on Case Preparation on Plea Bargaining at Mbarara Main Prison.The training attracted actors in the criminal justice system as well as a team comprised legal experts as well as students from Pepperdine and Yale universities. The team was led by Prof Danny DeWalt, the Associate Dean Administration and Leadership Development at Pepperdine University.

In a brief made by SP Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison 300 inmates had expressed willingness to take part in the exercise."Initially only 118 inmates had enrolled for Plea Bargaining but when the Mbarara Senior Resident Judge came and sensitized inmates, another 110 signed up...we also got 67 others from Kakyika and eight women," said SP Draville.

Mbarara Main Prison holds 1,820 inmates, of these 856 are remand committals and 655 are convicts.

 

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Published: March 12, 2019

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