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Chief Justice Reacts to Museveni Directive on Advocates During the Lock Down

The Chief Justice of Uganda Hon Bart Katureebe Magunda has given his opinion on the recent presidential directive permitting only 30 advocates to join the essential service providers during the Covid19 lock down period

While appearing on NBS this morning, the Chief Justice said since people are entitled to lawyers of their choice, the Attorney General should advise government on a better way of handling the situation

“The Attorney General should be able to sit with members of the task force or even the president and iron this out. The mechanisms of this can still be figured out.”

The Uganda Law Society President Simon Peter Kinobe has since written to the Chief Registrar informing him that all their members have a right to appear before court and instructions of who to appear in court depends upon clients.

“Therefore our members deserve to appear as when their clients cases are scheduled before the courts of law.”

Kinobe attached a full list of registered advocates in the country for consideration

He went further and revealed that currently they are in engagements with government departments such Police to ensure that they don’t interfere with their members as they head to handle matters of their clients.

In a letter dated 5th May 2020, the Acting Chief Registrar Tom Chemutai wrote to Uganda Law Society president requesting him for a list of 30 advocates who will be appearing before various of courts of law in line with presidential directive of 4th May 2020.

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