Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs Rtd Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has appreciated the efforts of various stake holders in the Justice, Law and Order (JLOS) towards the success they have achieved in 2017 and 2018.
Speaking at the 23rd Joint Annual JLOS government development review held at Law Development centre (LDC), Otafiire said JLOS organizations have registered an increase in their success compared to the past years.
“There has been an increase in public satisfaction from 72% in 2016/2017 to 76% in 2017 /18; and increase in public interest in justice system from 49% during 2016/17 to 50% in the period 2017/2018,” the minister said.
Otafiire was also pleased that judicial independence rose from 3.41 in 2016 to 3.42 in 2017 on the scale of 1-5.
However, the minster pointed out a number of challenges still facing the sector which include inadequate infrastructure and incomplete national coverage of JLOS services.
The chief justice and Chairperson JLOS Leadership Committee Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe in his opening remarks revealed that despite the various challenges; the expansion of JLOS centres in 61.5% of the districts there has been an increase in case filing, case disposal and more coordination among the stake holders.
He added that with the elections of Local council leaders, the judiciary has prepared capacity building for the new leaders, on how to handle informal justice processes.