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Annual Judges Conference Kicks off

The judiciary on Monday kicked off its annual Judges Conference, where judicial officers meet to discuss the sector’s successes and challenges in the previous year

This 22nd Annual Judges conference will run from 27 up to 31st January 2020 under a theme “Discharging The Mandate of the Judiciary: Towards a Modern, Professional and Effective Judiciary.”

At the opening day, Retired Justice Frank Labuda the Guest speaker from the United States, discussed with Ugandan judicial officers a number of measures which have helped the American judiciary to perform better.

As one of the means to reduce case backlog in the American judicial system, Labuda said, anybody arrested of any capital offence must be tried within a six months’ period, after which a judicial officer is given sixty days to write his judgement.

“All that is done to ensure that all people get justice because justice delayed is justice denied.”

On technological advancement Labuda asked the Ugandan judiciary to embrace paperless litigation where everything is done online, installation of computers, video screens and modern sound equipment to ease on Judicial officers’ work load.

Commissioner Norah Winyi from Judicial Service Commission reported that complaints against members of the High bench has decreased compared to those against lower bench.

She asked all judges to ensure that they address the issue of delayed judgments and rulings because it’s the most common issue which has been brought to their attention.

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Other key issues to be discussed include; Sharing of experiences and best practices in addressing the gaps in the administration of justice as well as coming up with recommendations aimed at addressing the gaps identified.

The conference will also focus on    Strengthening the role of judicial officers in the administration and management of Court registries, registry staff, data and physical files for more effective justice delivery.

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