As a way of reducing the case backlog at the Court of Appeal, the judiciary has introduced a mediation program where up to 61 cases are expected to be handled in one day.
Appellant Mediation is one of the mechanisms used in the developed world to offer timely justice to litigants.
On September 11, two of the Justices of Court of the Appeal Justice Stephen Kavuma and Justice Geofrey Kiryabwire will handle 31 and 30 cases respectively.
Vincent Mugabo, the Deputy Registrar in charge of mediation and Judiciary spokesperson revealed that at first, the judges will handle miscellaneous applications which form the largest percentage of case backlog in this court.
“If dealt with, they will make work of the Court of Appeal in respect to handling main suits easier, since it will be a continuous process that requires a lot of cooperation from the general public,” he said.
Last year, a team from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution in partnership with Pepperdine University trained Court of Appeal Judges on mediation.
In this procedure parties which are dissatisfied with High court rulings will have an opportunity to settle their appeals quickly with their rivals under the guidance of the neutral judge who underwent mediation training
Among cases set to be handled in this session are Electoral Commission vs Erias Lukwago, Bob Kasango vs Paul Nalukoola, Uganda Wildlife Authority vs Francis Mukwana, Ponsiano Lwakataka vs Flugence Mungereza and many others.