On his part, the Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera who has equally witnessed the administration of oaths, has warned the Magistrates against poor writing of judgments and late delivery of their decisions which he says is one of the noticeable vices in the Judiciary.
appointed Magistrates have been cautioned to desist from being arrogant to litigants if the effective dispensation of justice is to be made.
The caution was made on Thursday evening by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo
while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the second batch of the 43
Grade One Magistrates who were appointed by the Judicial Service
Commission last month.
Owiny-Dollo noted that there is a tendency of judicial officers to be arrogant
to the litigants which taints the image of the Judiciary and also affects the
delivery of justice.
According to the Chief Justice, when judicial officers become arrogant to
the litigants, they fail to get the truth from witnesses and complainants which he
says at the end affects the quality of the work.
Owiny-Dollo also reminded the Magistrates to be humble and dispense
justice without fear or favour.
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Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera warned the Magistrates against late
delivery of their judgements, which is common in the Judiciary.
Buteera indicated that some of the Magistrates have been Lecturers before
their appointments, but surprisingly, there is still a challenge
of writing proper judgements which affect the image of the
According to Buteera, the judicial officers shouldn't just presume their
decisions but rather do adequate legal research and seek assistance.
Among the Magistrates who have been sworn in is a visually impaired Grade One
Magistrate Willy Atono. He previously worked at the Law Development
Centre Legal Aid Clinic as a Volunteer doing Reconciliation and
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Officer National Union of
Disabled Persons in Uganda -NUDIPU, Private Practice Hallmark Advocates and
Tonto and Company Advocates.
Atono says that he knows the expectations awaiting him but he is confident
he will deliver quality and timely justice.
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in a bid to reduce the case backlog in the Judiciary which currently stands at
more than 150,000 cases and also to bring justice closer to people, the
Judicial Service Commission appointed 48 Magistrates in the first batch
and a few days later appointed another batch of 43 Grade One Magistrates who
have taken an oath today.
The Chief Justice has since indicated that the Judiciary will next year recruit
100 other Grade One Magistrates because he dreams of a Judiciary where each Sub
count will have a Magistrates Court.