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Judiciary Extends Small Claims Procedure in Acholi and West Nile Courts

Small Claims Procedures, a simpler way which was introduced by Judiciary to solve financial disputes below 10Million shillings has been extended to Acholi Sub region and West Nile courts

The areas covered included include Paidha, Nebbi, Koboko, Pader, Abim, Kotido and Moroto districts.

Present at these launches held in various places was the Acting. Registrar of SCP Lillian Bucyana, accompanied by the Nakawa Grade 1 magistrate, Jackline Kagoya.

Mr. Dusman Okee addressing the gathering

The Acting Registrar of SCP called upon people in these areas to adopt this process because it consumes less time and its less costly compared to other legal means.

“With small claims procedure you don’t need to have a lawyer to conclude your case but it requires the two parties to meet physically and agree on how to settle their financial differences.”

According to the reports from other areas where it was launched a few years back, Kagoya said it has yielded more positive results on top of reducing case backlog with in the Uganda Judicial system.

The residents who were excited asked the judiciary administration to also extend courts to distant areas to reduce on the longer distances covered while coming to court.

Most of the RDCs in the districts were this system was launched offered free talk time to the Judiciary to enlighten people about this procedure E.g. the RDC of Pader, Mr. Dusman Okee offered talk time for 1month at the radio station every Wednesday

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Small Claims Procedure was launched in the country in 2012 and it has covered majority of Ugandan districts.

Under this process, matters are filed in SCP courts by a natural person (not organizations) and these are presided over by either a judge or a Magistrate without involving lawyers.

It’s up to the applicant to either file the matter in General courts of law or under SCP court since the matter has to be settled within 30 days.

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