The sector registered milestones in reduction of case backlogs before courts, registration and management of new cases, rehabilitation and reintegration of child offenders and enhancing capacity of the public to better access services.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Principal Judge Dr. Yorokamu Bamwine and Head of EU Delegation to Uganda Pacifici Attilio In Group Photo During the Review Meeting
The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has
posted major gains in the administration of justice, law enforcement and
promotion of human rights over the last one year.
The sector registered milestones in reduction of case backlogs before courts,
registration and management of new cases, rehabilitation and reintegration of
child offenders and enhancing capacity of the public to better access
Other gains were posted in areas of public trust on the works of the Judiciary,
the Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Prisons and the Legal Aid fraternity as
well as the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) among others.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe says the public trust on the works of the sector
now stands at 59 percent according to the Legal Aid Service Providers Network
(LASPNET) State of the Access to Justice Report for 2017.
“The index of Judicial Independence remains high at 3.42 in 2018 from 3.41 in
2017 on a scale of 1 – 6 according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2018”
he stated adding that the higher the Judicial index the higher the level of
Speaking at the 24th Annual JLOS Sector Review Meeting at Mestil Hotel and
Residences in Kampala on Tuesday, the Chief Justice said reduction of case
backlogs before court maintained the 3 percent improvement it posted last year
from 21 Percent to 18 percent in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The heavily statistical 2019 Sector Performance Report launched during the
meeting indicates that without the Case Backlog Reduction Strategy being implemented
by the Sector, backlogs would be 46.2 percent.
It shows that 68 percent of the country is now covered by JLOS services
manifesting as Police presence, Courts, Legal Aids as well as Uganda Prisons
Services and Directorate of Public Prosecution.
Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, Uganda’s Principal Judge says JLOS approach to deliver
timely justice is revolutionary compared to many years ago when suspects spent
more than 10 years on remand.
He said if maintained alongside promotion of alternative dispute resolution
mechanisms such as the traditional justice system, the Judiciary will serve
justice to people at Police station levels in the future.
Rachael Odoi Musoke, the Senior Technical Advisor of the JLOS Sector told the
meeting that investment in case management resulted into a rise in the number
of cases disposed over the year to 173,200, up from 164,530 in 2017.
Francis Atooke, the Solicitor General who is chairperson of the JLOS Sector
said for the first time in history, the sector managed to post a significant
reduction in the percentage of detainees on remand from 51.4 to 47.7.
“This means there are more jailed inmates than those waiting for trial in the
various facilities, a huge achievement which we celebrate today” he stated to
the applause of participants.
Uganda has more than 60,000 inmates with 18 percent case backlogs in the
The sector has now embarked on automation of the Case Management system across
its major strands the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, the Directorate Of
Citizenship and Immigration Control, the National Identification and
Registration Authority, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the
In Kampala, 11 Divisions out of 18 are now covered by the Circuit of the Closed
Circuit Camera Television (CCTV) making it easy for Police to combat Crimea in
Sam Wairagala, the Deputy Technical Advisor of the Sector says crime rates
reduced from 612.0 to 579.2 for every 100,000 people due to increased
geographical spread, adoption of crime prevention measures such as Community
Policing among others.
He said the Sector has set up human rights desks in most local governments
units in Uganda to create awareness and conduct observation of Human
The Head of European Union Ambassadors to Uganda His Excellency Atilio Pacifici
said the impressive gains are watered down by repeated incidents of security
brutality against Opposition politicians and journalists.
He urged government to implement recommendations of the Supreme Court and
European Union electoral observer missions to Uganda ahead of the 2021