By Sylivia Kugonza
The Judiciary plans to establish regional court of appeal if shortage
of manpower is addressed.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo while
opening the Court of Appeal session at Fort Portal High Court. Dollo
said that there is need for court of appeal to operate outside
Kampala, but now it is impossible due to shortage of judges.
Justice Dollo also reminded the government on the need to recruit more
judges in order to dispose-off a huge case backlog in the court of
Dollo adds that there are plans to enable court of appeals to stay outside Kampala however there is limited number of justices of the court of appeal
Currently there are only nine justices of the court of appeal against the approved 15 justices.
Dollo’s comments came after some people complained about the delay to
hear court of appeal cases and the costs invloved travelling to Kampala to access justice.
The court of appeal session in Fort Portal will handle 55 cases and will be presided over by a panel of three judges; Justices Kenneth Kakuru,
Fredrick Egonda Ntende and Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke. The cases
include murder defilement and rape.
SOURCE: www.mknewslink.com, a greater western Uganda news website.