Lira High Court grappling with over 2,800 pending cases

Lira, (UG):- The High Court in Lira City is stuck with 2,856 cases that are yet to be heard, according to court records. Of these, this publication understands that 554 cases are land-related, 962 civil cases, 121 family cases, and 1,219 criminal.

Speaking during the Lira High Court Open Day, Justice Duncan Gaswaga, the Lira Resident Judge said that 2,856 cases are before him while 244 are before the Deputy Magistrate.

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He explained that his absence from the court was due to his participation in the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo at Gulu High Court. He, however, promised to return to Lira and handle the pending cases.

Godfrey Kawesa, the Deputy Registrar also attributed the case backlog to a shortage of staff and lack of transport for the magistrates among other factors.

RCM Okello Orik, the LCV Chairperson Lira advised the court to consider visiting disputed land sites to expedite the cases.

Lawrence Egole, the Lira Resident City Commissioner said that there is a need to empower clan leaders to handle land matters, which will save the court’s time and reduce the backlog.

Leaders and residents used the Court Open Day to appeal to the judiciary that the Lango sub-region urgently requires another resident judge.

The Lira High Court Circuit which serves a population of over 2 million people has one resident judge, a deputy registrar, 3 chief magistrates, and 13 Grade one magistrates.

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