Chief Justice Cuts Number of Judges, Magistrates at Courts

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe Magunda has put in place a number of new measures on top of those set by the President and Ministry of Health in the ongoing fight to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

The new measures are contained in a circular the Chief justice issued today, copied to top Judiciary officials and addressed to all Judges, Magistrates, Registrars and other judicial staff.

“The Supreme court, Court of Appeal/ Constitution Court, The High Court, Judicial Training institute and Registries, shall be with one justice, judge, Registrar and secretary to be decided by the head of court or Registry as the case may be,” reads part of the circular

Katureebe added that Magistrates court will have one Magistrate, one Clerk and secretary who will be selected by the head of station.

For the support department, the heads shall seek Approval from the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana.

The Chief Justice ordered that all skeletal staff shall work on rotational basis determined by the department.

“The staff on duty should minimize contact among themselves and visitors or court users as much as possible.”

Earlier last week, Katureebe suspended appearance of all prisoners in court except for serious matters or on matters with certificate of urgency.


In the same circular of 19th March 2020, training, meetings for judicial officers both in and outside Uganda were suspended.

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