Uganda: Court to Hold Trials Off-Site

The Judiciary in Kamuli District will with effect from August this year conduct some trials outside gazetted court premises in order to allow for more citizens' to access justice.

The move was announced in Luzinga Township in Kamuli on Friday by Buyende Kamuli Grade I Magistrate, Ms Sheila Fionah Angura, during the launch by the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) of the open court outreach programme, which is to run under the theme "Administration of justice for women and children".

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The launch was organised by Kamuli Magistrate's Court in conjunction with the district local government, and non-governmental organisations such as Justice for children, Uganda Women's Network, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Plan International.

"The courts are going to the people to help witnesses access court easily," Ms Angura said.

She, however, called on the public to take part in the administration of justice and curbing crime, by ensuring that cases are reported and also supporting the prosecution of criminals. Ms Angura also urged the public to get rid of stereotypes born out of traditions that infringe on the rights of women.

Speaking during the same function, Kamuli Resident District Commissioner, Mr Moses Ddumba, warned the people against what he termed as 'criminalisation of crime'.

"While you cry over delayed justice you should be sincere and follow up to give evidence," he added.

Source: The Monitor.

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