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Remand Prisoners Decrease Despite Backlog in Land, Civil Matters

The judiciary and its partners under the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) have for the first time registered a decrease in the number of prisoners on remand

In an annual performance report for the Financial Year 2018/2019, it was revealed that the period which capital offenders stay on remand reduced from 19.8 months to 18.3 months.

This slight drop was attributed to the introduction of a number new strategies like Plea bargaining, Special sessions for Sexual and Gender based violence cases and capacity building among others

While launching the report at Mestil Hotel Kampala on Tuesday, the Chief Justice Hon Bart Katureebe said the drop was also thanks to the increased presence of JLOS Institutions, namely’ Court, Prosecution and Police at one stop services points in 67.5percent of Ugandan districts

He however called upon all stakeholders to join efforts to address the remaining case back log in both Civil and land matters

“Civil and land matters still take an inordinately long time to be cleared from the system, creating an undue burden on the society and the economy and contributing to conflict and crime,” he said

“These challenges need to be addressed in the same manner that we have taken on challenges in the past”

The report presented the case disposal rate at Supreme Court at 32%, at Court of Appeal 17%, High court 26%, Chief Magistrate 62%, Magistrate Grade one 67% and Grade two at 40%

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Among the non-judicial institutions Judicial service commission cleared 211 cases, Law council 196 cases, Tax Appeal Tribunal 141 cases and industrial court 189 cases

Speaking at the event, the European Union head in Uganda Attilio Pacifici tasked the Attorney General to ensure that the recommendations made by observers from the previous elections are implemented as he promised more support to JLOS sector

The Attorney General William Byaruhanga in response revealed that the proposed reforms by Supreme court on elections are currently before the cabinet.

He also noted that the Judicial Administration bill will be tabled before Parliament next week for consideration.

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