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.
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
Other issues are the volumes of affidavit the judicial
officials hand in and the time allocated for presidential petitions of 45 days
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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.