The Court of Appeal is set to handle 40 criminal appeals in a scientific court session that will be held at Mbarara High Court starting Tuesday, June 23.
According to the official statement from the Judiciary released on Sunday, three Justices of the Court: Elizabeth Musoke, Stephen Musota, and Remmy Kasule, are set to commence the Mbarara session via the Zoom Meeting technology, according to Court’s Ag. Registrar, Mr. Ayebare Tumwebaze.
This scientific approach will enable the Justices to handle cases expeditiously and economically as well as observing the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19.
“The Justices and counsel will physically be present at the High Court in Mbarara, but their clients will participate via the Zoom technology,” he said.
Arrangements have already been made for the attorneys to engage their appellant clients on how to participate in the scientific court session.
“The advocates are required to advise and sensitize their respective appellants on the new measures to avert COVID-19 and on the rationale for the resolution that proceedings will be conducted remotely,” said Mr. Ayebare.
According to the cause-list for the session, 26 of the 40 cases are murder appeals, aggravated defilement (8), aggravated robbery (3), and rape (3). Two of the murder appellants are seeking to overturn life sentences handed to them by the High Court.
In his recent guidelines, the Chief justice Hon Bart Katureebe revealed that courts will resume operating with few people physically present as one of the means of practicing social distancing in the prevention of COVID-19.
He went ahead and promised the general public that normal court operations will resume as soon as the situation normalizes.