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JLOS Holds 16th Annual Review - Enhancing Accountability and Deepening the Impact of JLOS Reforms

KAMPALA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector will over the next year focus on strengthening performance and service delivery not only in terms of physical access but also in quality and effectiveness by ensuring that all institutions are fully empowered and able to execute their mandates.

This was the pledge made during the 16th Annual Government of Uganda – Development Partners’ Review held on September 29th 2011 under the theme ‘Enhancing Accountability and Deepening the Impact of JLOS Reforms.’ Justice, B. J Odoki, the Honorable Chief Justice and Chair of the JLOS Leadership pledged that the sector will ensure that justice reigns in the country and particularly to the weak, marginalized and poor who sometimes are seen to be excluded by the legal system.

In the coming year, the sector will prioritize the adoption of a policy and law on legal aid; establish specialized Land Courts in Mbarara, Masaka, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu and Fort Portal in addition to the ones at Mengo and Nakawa, to exclusively handle land cases; strengthen and promote the independence of the Judiciary and focus on the implementation of an integrated justice information system. The Chief Justice further acknowledged that observance of human rights still remains a challenge for the sector and pledged that JLOS shall continue to promote the observance, enjoyment and protection of human rights through zero tolerance to human rights violations.

H.E Jeroen Verheul, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Chair of the JLOS Development Partners said that JLOS had over the years proved itself as a strong and robust structure even in a more difficult political context but was progressing with hope of more progress in the future. He however, called for more commitment to solve emerging issues and challenges at all levels right from district chain linked committees to leaders at the highest political level.

JLOS in the year under review demonstrated strong results in improving the administration of justice, maintenance of law and order and human rights. Case backlog was eliminated in all magistrates’ courts. JLOS witnessed a drop in cases registered due to active participation of the community in policing and the efficiency of the chain of justice and the case backlog reduction program.