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Judiciary Starts Training Officers in Election Cases Handling

According to Jameson Karemani, the Judiciary Public Relations officer the judicial offices like judges, Registrars, Chief Magistrates and lawyers both private and government are being taken through issues that arose in the previous election petitions and how they can overcome them.

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The Judiciary in Uganda has embarked on training officials on handling 2021 election cases that may arise. 

According to Jameson Karemani, the Judiciary Public Relations officer the judicial offices like judges, Registrars, Chief Magistrates and lawyers both private and government are being taken through issues that arose in the previous election petitions and how they can overcome them. 

His Worship Karemani, says that in some cases the judicial officials  like lawyers failed to present petitions and evidence to court before High court Judges which wasted a lot of time in clearing the cases at hand. Some judges failed to analyze evidence and ballot recounts for some court petitions, which raised tensions and took time for justice to be done. Other issues are the volumes of affidavit the judicial officials hand in and the time allocated for presidential petitions of 45 days is short. 

 

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The Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo, says that even with the training in place, the numbers of judicial officers are still small. There are only 315 prosecutors out of the recommended 830 prosecutors, serving close to 45 million people in Uganda.  

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Sarah Langa Siu, the Judicial Chief Registrar says there is need for judicial officials to sensitize the public about their obligations, procedures and ways of the judiciary in order to save time and proceed with judicial issues amicably.  

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According to His Worship Karemani, the Judiciary has 57 judges of the high court in Uganda. There are 32 high court Registrars and 38 Chief Magistrates. These will be joined by the Appeal and Supreme court judges for the training. 

The judges and Chief Magistrates handle parliamentary and local government election petitions and vote recounts respectively. While the Registrars prepare cases for court hearing in the various courts of judicature in Uganda.

     

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