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MPs Task Judiciary on Delayed Justice

Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu tasked the Judiciary officials to explain whether they are comfortable with the speed at which disputes before court are handled.
17 Jan 2020 19:52
Officials from the Judiciary appearing before the Legal committee.

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Members of Parliament on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee have tasked officials from the Judiciary to explain the delayed delivery of judgments and the quality of justice provided to Ugandans.

The officials led by Judiciary Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana were on Friday appearing before the committee chaired by West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth over the budget framework paper for the coming financial year 2020/2021.

According to documents tabled before the committee, the Judiciary indicates that one of its strategies in the coming financial year is to increase access to justice by increasing their target from the 50.7 percent achieved in financial year 2018/2019 to 52 percent.

Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu tasked the Judiciary officials to explain whether they are comfortable with the speed at which disputes before court are handled. 

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He also queried the quality of justice being delivered by the Judiciary. Katuntu questioned whether there is a mechanism or system by the Judiciary to review the quality of justice delivered. 

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West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth said that his committee had never considered engaging the Judiciary about the quality of justice delivered and that it was time for them to discuss with the institution.

Agago County MP Edward Makmot Otto emphasized the need for justice to be delivered early saying that if justice cannot be delivered in time, there should be a mechanism to dismiss such cases.

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Pius Bigirimana said that the institution was starting a new phase of trust and confidence.

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Godfrey Opifeni , the Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court explained the it takes time to adjudicate cases in the Supreme Court and that the delay is partly attributed to appeals for which they have to get records from different courts. 

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However, Jacob Oboth and Katuntu questioned his submission saying that this same record is already considered at the lower courts and therefore should not be an issue for delayed justice.

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Oboth ruled that the Judiciary appears again before his committee after the budget process with a proper explanation on delayed justice and the quality of justice. 

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