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In Uganda, a case is considered backlogged if it has spent more than two years in the justice system without being concluded by the courts of law. Ms. Langa made these remarks while officiating at the swearing-in ceremony of 8 new judicial officers, including six Registrars and two Grade One Magistrates.
Newly appointed High Court registrars
have been called upon to assist the Judiciary in reducing the backlog and
ensure timely dispensation of justice. According to the Chief Registrar, Sarah
Langa Siu, the judiciary currently faces a backlog of 43,617 cases that have
been in the system for many years.
In Uganda, a case is
considered backlogged if it has spent more than two years in the justice system
without being concluded by the courts of law. Ms. Langa made these remarks
while officiating at the swearing-in ceremony of 8 new judicial officers,
including six Registrars and two Grade One Magistrates.
They are Gorret Arinaitwe,
Ivan Nkwasibwe, Asiziya Suzan Musoli, Rogers Kinobe Binega, Agnes Mutatina
Natukunda, Juliet Komugisha, Alison Nasasira, and Joseph Omara Joseph Sabitti,
who have taken the oath as Grade One Magistrates.
Langa welcomed the officers into the Judiciary family and urged them to give their best to ensure the delivery of justice to the people of Uganda. She also emphasized the importance of respecting the hierarchy in the judiciary and recognizing the value of those who work below them, such as clerks.
At the same event, Chief
Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo urged the officers to be ambassadors of the new
Judiciary in the areas they will serve. He stressed the importance of
delivering judgments in a timely manner and handling bail applications
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He also reminded them of the
responsibility to ensure that individuals sent to jail deserve to be there. “Let us timely deliver our judgments and let us deal with
bail applications promptly and conscientiously. Bail should not be unreasonably
denied by imposing impossible terms, but the Court must always guard against
Accused persons due for mandatory release should be timely
processed and sent to the High Court, which should also act promptly,” said the
Principal Judge Dr. Zeija
called upon the new officers to uphold high standards of conduct both in their
professional and personal lives, as their behavior reflects on the entire
Judiciary. He emphasized the need to conduct themselves beyond reproach in all
matters, big and small.
is a high level of conduct expected from a judicial officer both in matters big
and small. Both in public and to some extent, in private life. Your decorum as
a judicial officer determines public perception not only about you as an
individual but also about the entire Judiciary. The principle that you should
conduct yourself in a manner beyond reproach always applies to all matters
great and small,” said the Principal Judge.
Deputy Chief Justice Richard
Buteera promised that the Judicial Training Institute would conduct orientation
and induction seminars to teach the new officers about judicial culture,
etiquette, norms, and values. He encouraged them to actively participate in
these seminars and strive to become good judicial officers.
will learn and understand what it takes to be a good Judicial Officer. As new
Judicial Officers you need to incorporate yourselves quickly into the Judiciary
family in which we work together to solve the bottlenecks in the delivery of
Justice to the people of Uganda, “said Buteera.
also highlighted the Judiciary's goals of enhancing equitable access to
Judiciary Services, improving Court Process and Case Management, and
strengthening ICT. In conclusion, Buteera encouraged the new officers to brand
themselves effectively, seek knowledge when needed, and write high-quality