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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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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:39

Annual JLOS Review Conference

 

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 decade reduced 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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