According to the statement, six of the sessions will be held at the Land Division in Kampala targeting 120 cases. Five other sessions will be held at Mukono, Mbale, Masaka, Mpigi, Kabale and Jinja High Courts.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe
High Court has set a target of clearing 220
land cases in 11 special sessions across the country in the next 60 days.
A statement issued by the Judiciary Principal Communications Officer, Solomon
Muyita over the weekend, shows that the pilot session commence today.
According to the statement, six of the
sessions will be held at the Land Division in Kampala targeting 120 cases. Five
other sessions will be held at Mukono, Mbale, Masaka, Mpigi, Kabale and Jinja
Each judicial officer has been assigned 20
cases to dispose of within 60 days. Our projection is that each land case can
be concluded in three days,” said the Acting Judiciary Chief Registrar, Tom
The pilot sessions are jointly funded by the
World Bank through its Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project and Ugandan
Chemutai reveals that priority has been given to cases that
have been in the court system for more than two years and those affecting
implementation of key government projects, such as road construction.
While meeting World Bank officials recently, the Chief
Justice, Bart Katureebe said the special sessions have potential of expediting
resolution of land cases as well as attracting future funding to address land
adjudication question in a more substantive manner.
Case backlog in the judiciary remains a huge challenge in the
country. Land cases form the biggest chunk comprising 52 percent of the cases.
There are 11,952 cases in the Land Division, half of which are in case backlog. Chemutai attributes the backlog in land cases to mainly
shortage of judicial officers, low levels of automation in processing cases and
Other reasons include lack of transport for
judicial officers to visit disputed land, increased filing of cases fueled by a
growing economy and pressure on economic resources particularly land. Chemutai says that failure to resolve land disputes has cost
the country a lot of money in delayed implementation of infrastructural
He also says investment projects have equally been affected by slow
land adjudication, making Uganda a high cost investment destination. He
says Phase II of the project will be extended to land matters in other parts of
the country including cases in magistrate’s courts.