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JSC Raises Concerns Over Increasing Misconduct Among Judicial Officers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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JSC Raises Concerns Over Increasing Misconduct Among Judicial Officers

During the media engagement at Luwero High Court, Gloria Akong Ogwal, a legal officer attached to the JSC, urged journalists to conduct thorough research when working on stories related to the law. She stressed the importance of reporters having a solid understanding of the law to effectively inform the public about their constitutional rights.
03 Jun 2023 08:04
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has expressed alarm over the rising cases of misconduct among judicial officers. Jane Margret Akurut, the Under Secretary of the JSC, has highlighted corruption tendencies and lack of respect as major issues of concern within the judiciary.

Akurut revealed that the Commission receives an average of 10 complaints daily from the public regarding misconduct by judicial officers. She shared this information during a media engagement event at Luwero High Court, as part of the "People's Bridge to Justice" initiative aimed at fostering dialogue between journalists and the judiciary in the Greater Luwero Districts of Luwero, Nakaseke, and Nakasongola. 

Addressing journalists on April 12, 2023, at the High Court in Kampala, Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, emphasized that the Judiciary was collaborating closely with the JSC to combat corruption and other forms of misconduct. He revealed that nine officers, including a Deputy Registrar, three Chief Magistrates, and five Grade One Magistrates, had been interdicted for misconduct. 

During the media engagement at Luwero High Court, Gloria Akong Ogwal, a legal officer attached to the JSC, urged journalists to conduct thorough research when working on stories related to the law. She stressed the importance of reporters having a solid understanding of the law to effectively inform the public about their constitutional rights. 

Maria Tereza Nabulya, the JSC Public Relations Officer (PRO), encouraged news reporters to maintain professionalism and establish rapport with Magistrates and Judges before court sessions. She emphasized that this familiarity could provide protection, particularly as social media influencers sometimes disrupt court proceedings, leading to restrictions on journalists as a whole. 

Nabulya addressed a concern raised by Musa Lwanga, a correspondent with NBS TV, regarding instances where Magistrates at Luweero Court prevent media coverage of certain sessions. She emphasized the importance of maintaining professionalism to avoid hindrances in carrying out journalistic duties and to prevent the entire journalism community from being barred due to the misconduct of a few.

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