Speaking at the Launch of the New Law Year 2020 on Friday at the Judiciary Headquarters in Kampala, Kadaga noted that it was her desire to have the bill discussed and passed last year but she was informed that the government wanted more time.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Attorney General to push for
the passing of the Administration of Judiciary Bill
Parliament has on several occasions since last year failed to debate the report
on the Bill by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee chaired by West
Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth with the government side seeking more time to
harmonize with MPs.
The bill seeks to operationalize provisions of the constitution
relating to the judiciary administration of justice, improve efficiency and
effectiveness of the courts, strengthen the independence of courts and
streamline the administration of courts.
Among others, the bill also proposes that the judiciary manages the
recruitment, supervision and disciplinary action of its staff which is
currently respectively being done by the President and the Judicial Service
It also proposes that the
judicial officers when retiring, they should go with all their full benefits,
an issue that has been controversial before parliament and hence the delay in
Speaking at the Launch of the New Law Year 2020 on Friday at the Judiciary
Headquarters in Kampala, Kadaga noted that it was her desire to have the bill discussed
and passed last year but she was informed that the government wanted more time.
Kadaga explained that although Parliament is willing to support
the Judiciary in passing the bill, she is worried that the current Minister for
Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ephraim Kamuntu may delay it since he is
new in office.
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the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee approving the Bill, majority of
MPs are still opposed to a clause on the retirement benefits for judicial
officers, which has been subject of contention for a long time and the
composition of the Judiciary Advisory Committee.
On Monday, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah told MPs
that the Administration of Judiciary Bill, if passed, would the government 17 billion
shillings per year.
He says that they advised the mover of the Bill to engage the
Attorney General and discuss about it.
The Vice President Edward Ssekandi who presented President Yoweri
Museveni’s Speech at the function asked the Judges to handle cases related to
land and commercial disputes expeditiously.
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The New Law year is when the Judiciary officially opens to the public to have
their cases heard in that given New Year.