The Chief Justice emeritus, Bart Magunda Katureebe, has appealed to Judicial officers to stop embarrassing court users if they are to deliver proper justice
Speaking at his farewell dinner at the Chief Justice’s residence in Nakasero Kampala, Katureebe noted that court users especially novice lawyers tend to unnecessarily get embarrassed over small matters by the judicial officers.
Justice Katureebe cited an example when he was a State Attorney and given a case to argue when he didn’t know it’s facts.
On the same day, he said, the Chief Magistrate adjourned court saying that court was tired and couldn’t listen to him.
Katureebe says he objected to the adjournment wondering how “the court” gets tired.
In response, he says, the Chief Magistrate (now deceased) held Katureebe in the dock for two hours before asking him to proceed later on.
On his part, the new Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo agreed with Katureebe that Judicial Officers can be in charge of their courts with humility without embarrassing the court users.
Owiny-Dollo appreciated the retired Chief Justice for his achievements more so the Administration of Judiciary Act.
The Chief Justice added that he (Dollo) may spend his leadership without making a significant change equivalent to the enactment of the Act which empowers the Judiciary to be as independent as the rest of the two arms of the Governement.
The function was attended by several dignitaries especially from the Justice Law and Order Sector and closed with a number of gifts being offered to the Chief Justice emeritus for his exemplary leadership.
Justice Katureebe retired on June 20 2020 after clocking 70 years, the mandatory age of retirement for Supreme Court Justices.