Special Court Session Involving 1000 Cases Kicks Off Today

The judiciary has today kicked off a special court session in different parts of the country with the aim of clearing 1,000 cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) with in a period of 40 days.

The Kampala court session kicked off before Justice Jane Francis Abodo, who is expected to handle over 50 cases.

The session which is expected to run up to December 15th is being funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Other courts where the special hearings will take place include the  High Court Circuits of Moroto, Soroti, Masaka, Mukono, Gulu, Bushenyi and Mbale, as well as the Chief Magistrates Courts of Nabweru, Iganga, Lira, Kapchorwa and Sironko

Each judicial officer has been assigned between 50 and 100 cases to handle in the 40 days.

Launching the session last week, the Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine asked all the judges and magistrates handling these cases to give deserving sentences to all people convicted of these as one of the means to deter other people from participating in the same.

He also promised that if it all goes well with the funds available, the judiciary will put in place a separate division specifically for handling Gender based violence cases.

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