The Criminal High Court sessions for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence -SGBV cases have started in Masaka.
During the launch of the sessions at the Masaka High Court, Justice Winfred Nabisinde the Masaka resident judge said that out of the 50 cases that will be handled 43 are SGBV cases.
According to Nabisinde, the cases include defilement of minors ranging from months to 17 years and rape.
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Other cases that are to be handled during this session include civil cases and other criminal cases such as murder, and aggravated robbery among others.
The officer-in-charge Masaka Central Prisons Deogratius Ogwapat raised concern over the high number of inmates that have spent long time on remand without trial.
He says that they are stuck with over 765 inmates that are awaiting trial.
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Last month the judiciary announced that 13 special court sessions in different parts of the country targeting will be held to clear at least 1,000 cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) within 40 days.
The special court sessions are being funded by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The cases are to be handled in a gender responsive and victim-friendly manner so as to advance access to justice for survivors and improve their experience in the justice system as well as reduce backlog of SGBV cases.