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Law Society Missed Deadline in Filing Age Limit Appeal – Attorney General

Supreme Court Registrar Godfrey Opifemi has pushed forward the date for the pre-conferencing session for the appeals which were filed against the Constitutional Court judgment on Presidential Age limit amendment.

Earlier on in the Pre – trial notice dated 17th October 2018, the Supreme Court had fixed 7th November 2018 as the date for the pre-trial conferencing with all the appellants in this matter.

The conferencing was meant to among others consider the consolidation of these appeals, identify the issues to be determined by court, agree on the mode of presentation of the appeals, schedules for filing submissions or rejoinders as well as the schedule for filing applications if any.

Although these reasons still stand, the conferencing date has been changed after the Attorney General who is the respondent in the matter, objected to an appeal by Uganda Law Society which he says was filed out of time.

In an affidavit in support of this application sworn by Charity Nabasa from the Attorney General’s chambers and the Director of Civil litigation, she argues that Uganda Law Society lodged the notice of appeal 13 days after expiration of the legally stated period in which the Attorney General must be served.

“The respondent filed in the Supreme Court a record of Appeal received by the Supreme Court on 28th September 2018 and served the Attorney General with the same on 1st October 2018,” she said.

Nabasa adds that ULS did not file in the Supreme Court an application seeking to validate the late notice of appeal.

She thus asked court “in the interest of justice” to strike out the notice of appeal by ULS.

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The court registrar has pushed the conference ahead to enable it dispose of this application on 13th November 2018.

The rescheduling was witnessed by lawyers from the Attorney General, Lukwago and Company Advocates, Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates, Legal Aid project of Uganda Law Society and Male Mabirizi a lawyer who represents himself.

 

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