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Judges annual conference starts

Kampala – President Museveni is today expected to open the annual judges’ conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The chief registrar of courts, Mr Paul Gadenya, explained that the week-long conference will see the Judiciary discuss how to extend justice to many financially disadvantaged Ugandans
“We hope to get solutions from this conference to help the bulk of these Ugandans get justice. We shall explore informal justice mechanism, automation and technology, and streamlining administration of cases to make courts more accessible to the public,” Mr Gadenya said by telephone yesterday.
He added that as a result, Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court will be closed to the litigants starting today until Thursday.
But he said the magistrates’ courts will continue operating normally.
“A number of notices have been put up to notify the litigants in higher courts about this event and their cases that had been scheduled for this week, will be given other dates,” Mr Gadenya said.
The conference will be followed by the opening of the New Law Year on January 29 at the High Court premises in Kampala. Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include sharing experiences on how to make the administration of justice inclusive and amplifying the link between the rule of law, the Judiciary and sustainable development.

Top on the agenda
Other topics will be sharing innovations in the administration of justice, developing consensus on policy issues aimed at addressing inefficiencies in the administration of justice and exploring opportunities presented by informal justice mechanisms, good governance, collaboration and technological advancements in deepening and widening access to justice for all.
The conference is running under the theme: “An Inclusive Judiciary for Sustainable Development”.
In the past conferences, the President has urged the judicial officers not to grant bail to rape, defilement and murder suspects.

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