HIGH COURT: The Judiciary commission of Uganda has announced that Luweero High Court will start operations in July 2021.
According to the statement released on Friday afternoon, a team of six officials has been appointed by the Principal Judge, Dr. Flavian Zeija to operationalize the Luweero High Court Circuit; handle cases from Luweero, Nakasongola, and Nakaseke districts.
Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo (featured), former head of High Court Execution and Bailiffs Division (EBD) is the Chairperson for the Committee which has been tasked to coordinate the operationalization of the Court and report back to the Principle Judge by June 30.
The members of this Committee include Mr. Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Ms. Sarah Langa Siu, Chief Registrar, Eng. Dr. Christopher Ebal, Judiciary’s Commissioner for Engineering and Technical Services, Mr. Samuel Emokor, the High Court Registrar who is the Committee Secretary and Mr. Andrew Khaukha, Judiciary’s Technical Adviser/Committee’s resource person.
These have been tasked to identify suitable court/office premises and a team of Judicial and non-Judicial staff for the Court.
The committee members will also trace Court files for the Luweero Circuit that are currently in the different specialized High Court Divisions in Kampala.
“The Luweero circuit is among the 20 high court circuits that were designated in 2016 under the Judicature Statutory Instrument No 55 of 2016 from which six of the 20 circuits are still non operational due to limited number of judges and relevant resources,” the statement further indicated.
The 14 operational High Court Circuits are; Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Kabale, Lira, Masaka, Masindi, Mbarara, Mbale, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, and Soroti. Besides Luweero, five other non operational High Courts Circuits are Hoima, Iganga, Moroto, Rukungiri, and Tororo.
In most up country areas, people travel longer distances to attend court sessions because of the limited number of courts within their communities.
“This is one of the causes of case back log as well as the reason for delayed justice since many people are not able to facilitate themselves to attend court whenever and wherever they are required to do so,” the statement revealed.
Erustus Kibirango, an advocate from Wetaka, Kibirango and Company welcomed the operationalization of the court saying many residents were spending extra costs to travel to Kampala to file cases in high courts.