Uganda Printing and Publishing Company limited (UPPC) has yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) to support access to legal documents.
Under this arrangement, ULRC shall be allowed to access to soft copies of Ugandans published laws.
Aristarco Kasekende Mujuzi, the Acting UPPC managing director says this particular synergy will lead to systematic improvements to the law reform commission.
“Both government bodies will leverage on their combined mandates and activities through information sharing and usage to ensure contribution is made to the ULRC of ensuring that they update all the laws of this country” Kasekende said.
On her part, Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze, the ULRC chairperson expressed delight saying in the past, the body has faced access related encumbrances.
“In executing this mandate, the commission has experienced some challenges in accessing authentic copies of the laws. We now can access legitimate copies of the laws of Uganda and in return the commission will work with UPPC in printing some of our publications” Nsanze says.
As opposed to the past where members of the public have had look painstakingly for legal documents, Nsanze says now respective amendments and acts will be embedded all together.
“Updating the law does not entail changing the substance but making sure that they are incorporated in the places where they belong. So that for users the judiciary, members of the public and researchers can have easy access”, she explains.
UPPC is a body corporate established under the UPPC Act cap 330 of 1992 while Uganda Law Reform Commission is established by Article 248 of the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.