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
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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
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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
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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