114,809 Cases Still Unresolved, Many in High Court – Judiciary Report

A total of 114, approved 809 cases remain unresolved with 254 cases dragging for over 10 years according to a report released by the Judiciary. Majority of the cases are of criminal nature with and before the Chief Magistrates Courts.

The court case census report which was launched on Monday follows a study conducted by the Judiciary in December last year.

It sought to ascertain the reasons for the pending cases before the courts of law that have never been informed by empirical evidence or documented with interventions for effective case management.

In total, hospital Chief Magistrates Courts have 11,474 pending cases, 3,394 of these before Grade One Magistrates Courts and 150 before Grade Two Magistrates Courts.

The report further reveals that the lower courts have 15,018 pending cases followed by

The High Court whose case backlog stands at 10,632 and 3,201 with the Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court has only 13 pending cases.

Hon. Justice Dr. Henry Peter Adonyo, who headed a 12-member committee in carrying out the census says each file has different reasons for the delay but added that some were mismanaged while others had long injunctions imposed against them.


According to the findings, the Central region has the highest number of pending cases standing at 56,058, representing 48.8% whereas Western region has 21,860 pending cases representing 19%.

Eastern region recorded 19,340 pending cases representing 16.8% while Northern region has 17,551 pending cases (15%) the least recorded backlog.

Chief Justice Bart M. Katureebe while speaking at the launch of the report held at Hotel Africana said it is timely given the wealth and value of the information that is contained therein.

“The report has pinpointed where the case backlog is and the possible reasons for delay of cases. The Report has also indicated several areas for improvement and given us hope that with correct interventions, case backlog can be tackled and eliminated in the medium term,” said the Chief Justice.

He added that; ‘No country can meaningfully invest and reform the administration of Justice without accurate data.”

The Chief Justice said that the findings will be used  to implement reforms and interventions such as the Judiciary Transformation Plan and the fourth Strategic Investment Plan of the

Judiciary to address systemic challenges constraining the efficient and effective administration of Justice in Uganda.

At the same event, the Chief Justice constituted an 11 member Judiciary Case Backlog Reduction Committee headed by Court of Appeal Justice Richard Buteera to develop a sustainable case backlog eradication plan within the next two months.

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