A statement from the Judiciary shows that the court will handle 22 appeals against conviction for aggravated defilement, 14 for murder, three are for aggravated robbery and one for rape. Most of the appeals arise from judgments issued between 2010 and 2016.
Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera.
against the convictions for aggravated defilement dominate the criminal appeals
session by the Appellant Court scheduled to sit in Masaka city starting on
April 19th, 2021.
from the Judiciary shows that the court will handle 22 appeals against conviction
for aggravated defilement, 14 for murder, three are for aggravated robbery and
one for rape. Most of the appeals arise from judgments issued between 2010 and
According to the statement, the Deputy Chief Justice,
Richard Buteera, will officially open the two weeks’ session and lead a panel
of three Justices who will preside over the appeals to Masaka Prison where the
appellants have been transferred for sensitization on how the session will run.
The Justices are Cheborion Barishaki, Stephen Musota and
Muzamiru Kibeedi. The Court of Appeal Registrar, Susan Kanyange, says that the scientific
session will be conducted via video conferencing.
“The video conferencing
facility has been set up at Masaka court to provide a direct video link between
the Court and the prisons where the appellants will be following proceedings
from,” she said.
Video conferencing enables real-time video, audio and data
communication and transmission. Kanyange
explains that the special sessions are always conducted as one of the efforts
by the judiciary to handle case backlog in the courts, adding that the Justices
are committed to delivering justice to Ugandans.
Later this month, the judiciary will also hold the Civil
Appeals session and Constitutional Petitions. Kanyange, who also acts as the
Constitutional Court Registrar, says that all this part of a larger year-long
work plan that has been adopted by the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court to
improve service delivery. Between January and March this year, the Court of Appeal delivered 273
judgments, according to court records.