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JLOS Integrity Committee Lauds Kotido for Speedy Trials

Anthony Jabwor, the Kotido Resident State Attorney says that many people in Kotido don’t register complaints with the police or through the formal justice system but opt for the traditional justice system.
Justice David Wangutusi

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Justice David Wangutusi, the Head of the Justice Law and Order Sector Integrity Committee has lauded Kotido Magisterial Area for the speedy trial of cases.

Wangutusi observed that Kotido Magisterial Area that handles Abim, Kaabong and Kotido districts was free of case backlog, which occur when courts fails to dispose of cases within a space of two years.

Records from Kotido Chief Magistrate, Robert Imalingat indicates that there are only 229 cases since 2018.  He notes that 42 of the cases are before the Chief Magistrate’s Court, 21 Grade I Magistrate and 23 grade II Magistrate. 

Imalingat adds that most of the cases are related cattle thefts, aggravated robbery, defilement and rape.

Justice Wangutusi, who was in Kotido to assess the delivery of justice, described the performance as ‘satisfactory’.

He said the fact that magistrates deliver justice within the space of two years means that the justice system in Kotido has attained the target of avoiding case backlog.  

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Anthony Jabwor, the Kotido Resident State Attorney says that many people in Kotido don’t register complaints with the police or through the formal justice system but opt for the traditional justice system.

He said despite some cases being brought to court, the warring parties negotiate and resolve their matter out of court. 

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The team also visited Kotido Central Police station and Kotido government Prisons. 

At the police station, the committee heard that one of the challenges is limited facilitation for detectives to reach crime due scenes to logistical constraints.

Although Kotido magisterial area is said to be free from case backlog, local leaders recently made a call for the speedy trail of cases of cattle theft in the area.

Abim RDC, Samuel Mpimbaza observed that delayed trial makes other perpetrators to engage in the same acts.  

He added that some witnesses lose interest in the case due to the prolonged justice system.