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WESTERN UGANDA -- Uganda’s Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) key mandate is delivering services closer to the people by improving physical infrastructure, reform of laws, reform of laws and simplification of procedures. The Sector which has been in operation for 13 years is focused on increasing public confidence and trust in the justice system as well as user satisfaction in the services. The goal is to enhance people’s access to JLOS services and drive the country towards deeper observance of human rights while promoting institutional and individual accountability.

The JLOS leadership on 4th - 6th of March, 2013, conducted a monitoring and evaluation exercise in western Uganda for its institutions to assess the conditions under which institutions operate and assess the success and challenges of building an effective justice system in Uganda. These are some of the highlights of that exercise.

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Justice reforms are complex yet critical. The establishment of rule of law in the Eastern African Region remains critical to the development of newly established states (Southern Sudan); those emerging from conflict (Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda) as well as for relatively stable countries (Kenya and Tanzania).

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KAMPALA - The Netherlands Embassy has disbursed the first instalment of its support to the Justice Law and Order Sector reform programme. This follows the signing of an arrangement between the Government of Uganda and the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, by which the Netherlands will fund 42% of the activities and investments of the said reform programme for the financial year 2011-2012, to a maximum of UGX 20 bln.

The programme focuses on improving access to justice for all and enhancing respect for human rights across JLOS institutions.

Ambassador Jeroen Verheul welcomed the progress made in the Justice Law and Order Sector in the last year and indicated that this progress justifies continued support by the Netherlands to the sector. Physical access to justice has greatly improved, and the average time prisoners spend on remand has been reduced significantly. He noted, however, that concerns remain over accountability and limited progress in tackling corruption.

“That is why the current work plan is focusing on strengthening disciplinary and inspection commissions in institutions”, Mr Verheul said.

Whereas in previous years, the Netherlands provided sector budget support, Uganda no longer qualifies for this modality. “On top of governance concerns that have to do with a lack of accountability, we have seen a significantly weaker performance in the areas of macroeconomic and budget management in the last fiscal year”, adds Mr Verheul.

“The government and parliament in the Netherlands are assessing countries that receive budget support more critically on issues of political and financial governance and want to be assured that Dutch tax payers’ money is spent impeccably. This is why the Netherlands has decided to move away from the sector budget support modality for Uganda, as basic conditions for that type of support are not here anymore”, he explains.

Under the new agreement, the Dutch funds can only be used for the JLOS reorm programme, and not for the general JLOS budget that covers wages and other recurrent costs. This will enable the Dutch Embassy to monitor the spending more closely.

The Netherlands is a long standing partner of the JLOS, and is currently chairing the JLOS Donor Partners Group which regularly meets to coordinate support and to discuss progress in the sector.


Published: October 9, 2011

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The Justice, Law and Order Sector is on course to achieve 82% of its targets in this current year. This was revealed during the JLOS Semi Annual Review held on April 19 2011 at Protea Hotel in Kampala. His Worship Henry Adonyo, the Chairperson of the JLOS Technical Committee in his speech highlighted a number of milestones registered during the year under review.

These include a reduction in the average length of stay on remand for capital offenders from 27.1 months to 15 months; increase in holding capacity of Uganda Prisons Services from 13,670 to 14,334 places; an increase in the disposal rate of cases in the Judiciary that now stands at 90.1 percent of all registered cases and an increase in CID strength at a ratio of 1 CID officer to 18 cases (down from 1:23). JLOS also collected 32 billion shillings in Non Tax Revenue – Seven (7) billion shillings more than the entire SWAp budget. In addition, four (4) Community Justice Centers were constructed and inaugurated at Pader, Patongo, Otuke and Kiryadongo and a High Court.

Despite the achievements registered, JLOS still faces mounting case backlog of land cases, poor investigation of cases, prison congestion, real and perceived corruption at various JLOS points, limited training for 80% of JLOS staff, limited physical presence of JLOS institutions in the newly created districts, an inadequate juvenile justice system and inappropriate handling of public order situations.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: April 21, 2011

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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.

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The Netherlands will continue to support the Justice Law and Order Sector in carrying out its development programme. The Minister of Finance, Planning and Development and the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda have signed an agreement for programme support to the sector of 24.5 bln UGX for the financial year 2012-2013.

The Netherlands has been a longstanding partner of the sector. Security and Rule of Law is one of the two development priorities of the Dutch Government in Uganda. Support to the sector is an important part of that commitment.

The development fund that will be supported by Dutch contribution envisages enhancing respect for human rights across JLOS institutions and improving access to justice for all.

Ambassador Alphons Hennekens commented on the progress made in the sector, but also named important bottlenecks that have to be addressed. “The Netherlands therefore fully supports the Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) of the Justice, Law and Order Sector that will focus on the delivery of actual services to the people of Uganda, while at the same time promoting human rights and accountability", he said.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa


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KAMPALA - The Justice, Law and Order Sector on September 27 2012 held the 17th Annual Government of Uganda and Development Partners Review at Imperial Royale Hotel.

The theme of the Review was “making reforms count”, which is built on the 12 years the sector has been implementing reforms between 1999 and 2005 centered on criminal and commercial justice with the scope of the reforms being expanded in 2005 to cover family, land, transitional justice and accountability.

The Chief Justice, Justice Benjamin Odoki who is also the Chair of the JLOS Leadership Committee in his keynote address said that the sector had registered tremendous success in the year under review despite a host of challenges and shortcomings. Notable was a reduction in a case backlog, in which the sector for the first time in a decadereduced case backlog by 21 %. Whereas, 90,000 cases were registered in 2011, the courts completed 116,000 cases meaning the courts reduced case backlog by 21,600 cases beating last year’s (2010/11) performance where the courts completed 103,000 cases. The Chief Justice credited this performance to the Case Backlog Quick Wins Programme rolled out by the sector a few years ago.

Other achievements of the sector included improvements in crime prevention because of the pro-active stance taken by the Uganda Police Force, effective prosecution of corruption cases in the year under review by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, the continued decline of registered re-offending rates by the Uganda Prisons (which are among the lowest in the world) and the restructuring of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau which increased collection of non-tax revenue from 2.4 billion shillings per annum a year ago to 24 billion shillings thereby reestablishing itself as a strong resource mobiliser.

The Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group who is also the ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Uganda, H.E Alphons Hennekens lauded the sector for the achievements accomplished in the year under review and called for more emphasis and focus on “actual” access to justice instead of “physical” access to justice during the implementation of SIP III. Ambassador Hennekens also said that the challenges that now face the sector would best be overcome through a combined effort and commitment from all member institutions.

The challenges that still face the sector include understaffing of JLOS institutions which hampers effective service delivery. By June 2012, the Uganda Police Force had a staff shortfall of 22,270, Uganda Prisons Service 1,117, the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control 54, the Ministry of Internal Affairs 63, the Ministry of Justice 58, the Judiciary 123, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions 138, the Judicial Service Commission 10. However, efforts and mechanisms are being put in place to reduce this staffing gap facing sector institutions.

During the conference, the JLOS development partners (Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom, and the United States of America), UN Women and UNICEF were applauded for generously supporting the sector and being part of its success story.

The sector will over the next one year prioritize the completion and development of the pilot implementation of a performance management system for all judicial officers (by June 2013); finalize and submit to cabinet a proposed national legal aid policy and law (by June 2013).


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By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: September 1, 2012


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JLOS Development Partners


The JLOS Development Partners Group (JLOS DPG) comprises agencies that support JLOS through various mechanisms including sector budget support and project support, partly through the SWAp fund. The group has a membership of the European UnionAustria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UNDP, OHCHR, UNICEF, ICRC, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, and USAID. Every two years the DPG chair rotates. To foster coordination among themselves and to keep pace with JLOS developments, the group meets once every month.

The JLOS DPG frequently meets with the JLOS Secretariat and with individual institutions and together they conduct joint reviews and joint M&E visits. The DPG has linkages to the broader Development Partner community through the Local Development Partner Group.

The relationship between the JLOS DPG and the sector is based on the general GoU-Donor Partnership Principles of 2003. On the basis of the partnership principles, JLOS and the DPG have developed collaboration and co-ordination mechanisms to ensure effective contribution of the latter to the reform process.


DOWNLOAD:  JLOS DPG Document Centre


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