Judiciary’s case disposal rate increases to 63 percent

KAMPALA-The Judiciary in the Financial Year 2022/23 has registered a tremendous improvement in its operations compared to the previous years.

L-R, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon Nobert Mao , Chief Justice Aliphonse Owiny Dollo and Justice Musa Ssekana who represented the Principal Judge. (Photos by Judiciary)

The Judiciary’s Annual Performance report for 2022/23, revealed that
There was improvement in the speed of disposal of cases from 55% in Financial Year 2021/2022 to 63.01% in Financial Year 2022/2023. In terms of numbers, Case disposed off rose to 266,323 cases in FY 2022/23 from 205,967 cases in FY 2021/22 and 156,875 cases in FY 2020/21.

On presenting the findings of the report, at Judiciary headquarters in Kampala, Chief Justice Aliphonse Owiny Dollo based the improved performance on a number of factors including the recent

recruitment of more Judicial officers.
“I am glad to report that most of the newly recruited or promoted staff have been duly inducted and given sufficient orientation and requisite skills to effectively execute judicial work. The Judiciary continues to conduct trainings to enhance the capacity of Judicial officers to handle cases in key emerging areas.”

Dollo also commended Judicial officers for the tremendous performance which led courts to close the Financial Year with a pending case load of 156,349 cases, of which 42,960 ( Accounting for 27.48% of cases as backlog from 32% in FY 2020/21 which translates into 4.52% reduction in backlog.)

“During the financial year, significant efforts were made to improve access to justice services and combat case backlog in Uganda by operationalizing six High Court Circuits, which had been non-operational since their establishment in 2016. Six (6) New High Court Circuits at Luwero, Iganga, Tororo, Rukungiri, Moroto and Hoima were officially launched bringing the total number of High Court Circuits to twenty”

He therefore called upon all Judicial officers to reflect on these achievements, acknowledge areas for improvement, and renew our commitment to serving the public with integrity.

“Let me extend my appreciation to the Judiciary’s stakeholders, including the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government, the legal fraternity, the Administration of Justice Program institutions, Development Partners, Non-State Actors, Civil Society Organizations, the academia and the media, for their unwavering support and collaboration.”

Hon Nobert Mao , the Minister for Justice and Constitutional affairs , while launching the report , commending the Chief Justice for exhibiting better leadership skills which have enabled the judiciary to register this tremendous achievement.

“Most people focus on fan fare no impact, Judiciary gives Uganda government a lesson between fan fare and effectiveness . Over the years and months I have been Minister of Justice and your loudspeaker in cabinet. I think that you have excelled in thinking process , planning and strategic action what we are celebrating today.”

The launch attracted Members from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Academia, Legal fraternity, Donors and other key stake holders.

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