A statement from the Judicial Service Commission indicates that the appointments are a result of the ongoing recruitment of judicial officers at various levels. According to the statement, the appointments will enhance the capacity of the High Court to expeditiously dispose of cases and tackle the case backlog in the justice system.
According to Mabirizi he had obtained a temporary injuction from the Commercial Court Registrar stopping a Landlord from evicting him but in the process, Justice Madrama then a commercial court Judge directed him and the Landlord to settle their issues out of Court.
Mabirizi accuses Justice Ssekaana of misconduct and incompetence. This stems from the manner in which he handled a case challenging the appointment of Justice Simon Byabakama as the chairman of the Electoral Commission without resigning as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
Speaking to journalists shortly after being approved by Parliaments Appointments Committee today, one of the members, former Sheema Woman MP Rosemary Nyakikongoro, says the debate should focus on Uganda losing key judicial officers when they are still needed in the system.
President Yoweri Museveni has finally named High Court Judge Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito as the new chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission--JSC. The appointment comes six months after the term of the old commission expired.
The Ugandan Constitution stipulates a four-year term contract which is subject to a one time renewal. However, Ogoola, who was first sworn in as the Chairman of the Commission in February 2012 is not eligible for a reappointment after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The Judiciary has carried out massive transfers that will affect 105 lower judicial officers, a move aimed at enhancing effective delivery of judicial services in the country. The judicial officers affected are of the ranks of assistant registrars, chief magistrates, magistrates Grade One and Two.
In a unanimous judgment, the three justices of the court; Remmy Kasule, Solomy Balungi Bbosa and Richard Butera held that the JSC did not accord justice Choudry an opportunity to defend himself against the complaint filed by the Uganda Law Society (ULS). The justices ruled that the omission was against the rules of natural justice.
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday temporarily stopped the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from investigating Nakawa High Court Deputy Registrar Gladys Nakibuule Kisekka who is facing disciplinary charges and proceedings before the same commission.
Following the recent judicial Service Commission (JSC) promotions of 30 judicial officers to the ranks of Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Chief Magistrate and Grade One, the judiciary has responded by causing massive transfers and postings.
Prof Kanyeihamba was seeking courtâ€™s permission, to allow Justice Ogoola appear in court during the hearing and back their argument that the JSC that he heads; did not recommend Justice Odokiâ€™s name as a candidate for Judiciaryâ€™s top job.
In line with our mandate under the Uganda Law Society Act to protect and assist the public in Uganda in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law; and to assist the Government and the courts in all matters affecting legislation and the administration and practice of law in Uganda, we write to record our concern over the said appointment. Our concern is not aimed at targeting the eminent personality appointed, but rather is a record of our effort, at this stage, to draw attention to the unconstitutional appointment and a request for Parliament to take into account matters herein raised in considering the President\'s request to appoint Mr. Benjamin Odoki....
The Judiciary has today been forced to suspend hearing some cases due to lack of operational funds for the month of June. The money amounting to one billion shillings has not yet been released by the Ministry of Finance. The announcement comes just a few hours after the Anti Corruption Court in Kololo suspended hearing the corruption case against top Ministry of Public Service officials due to lack of funds to run the session.
Those affected include Omondo Nyanga, former Chief Magistrate Rukungiri, who was dismissed for misconduct and Jane Chota, the former Mpigi Chief Magistrate who was dismissed for deserting. Others are George William Ocom, former Magistrate Kabong and Kyotera Grade II magistrate, Kamugisha Gaston. These last two were retired in public interest for breaching the Judicial Code of Conduct.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has dismissed two magistrates from the Judiciary after they were found guilty of corruption. Those dismissed include; Kisoro District Grade One Magistrate David Kaaye Cheptuke and Jinja Grade Two Magistrate, Okitwi Odutu.
Retired Judge Justice James Ogoola says only his seat is permanent and the commissioners have adhoc positions. In the same vein the remuneration and the setup of the commission is lacking in many ways.