The Chief Justice of Uganda Hon Bart Katureebe Magunda has suspended all court sittings in respect of President Museveni’s directive on public gathering as one of the ways for preventing the rapid spread of Coronavirus.
In a circular dated 19th March 2020 addressed to various departments in the Judiciary, the Chief Justice says t the suspension kicks off tomorrow Friday 20th March 2020
That during this period all prisoners and remandees will not be appearing in court. Where necessary it will be done via audio visual link.
“Courts will continue to handle certificates of urgency, taking plea for serious cases and bail applications, the applicant, his lawyers or in case of bail sureties will be allowed in court.”
During this period all judicial officers will continue with work but there will be no open court sessions.
“Judicial officers with pending judgements will use this period to complete them, where possible judgements and rulings may be issued to parties online or via Email.”
At the same time trainings, meetings for judicial officers both in and outside Uganda have been also suspended.
“In addition to the above , guidelines , Sanitizers and other preventive measures have already been put in place. Digital thermometers are also being purchased and will be deployed at various court premises.