THIS WEEK: Courts set target for clearing sexual violence cases
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ugandan Courts are perennially burdened by case backlog. Now the judiciary has set a target of clearing 1000 sexual violence cases within 40 days. Thirteen special sessions will be conducted in different parts of the country from November to December 15. A statement from the judiciary’s public relations office said the sessions will commence with a training on Oct. 29.
The criminal sessions will be funded by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The selected courts are the High Court criminal division, High Court circuits of Mukono, Moroto, Soroti, Masaka, Gulu, Bushenyi and Mbale.
Also included are Chief Magistrates Courts of Nabweru, Iganga Lira, Kapchorwa, and Sironko. Yorokamu Bamwine, the Principal Judge, said each judicial officer has been assigned between 50 and 100 cases for disposing of within 40 days.
Bamwine added that the judicial officers are expected to take into account the plea bargain procedure. He made the remarks while chairing a high-level Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) stakeholders meeting.