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Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo Seeks Bigger Judiciary Budget

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has commended President Museveni for recognizing the importance of the judiciary in Uganda's progress.

Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo Seeks Bigger Judiciary Budget

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has commended President Museveni for recognizing the importance of the judiciary in Uganda’s progress.

On Monday, he spoke at the beginning of the 24th Annual Judges’ Conference, which was held at the Mestil Hotel in Kampala.

The focus of the four-day event is “The Judiciary Transformation Agenda: Enhanced Access to Justice.”

He explained that the conference is a platform where judicial officers from Uganda’s Upper Bench convene once a year to confer, share experience, evaluate their performance in the previous calendar year, and discuss the way forward for the current calendar year.

“Your Excellency, we appreciate your support for the Judiciary agenda. “We look forward to your continuous help in improving our budget so that we can meet these objectives,” the Chief Justice remarked.

The Chief Justice also requested that the Judiciary’s budget be increased so that the arm’s infrastructure can be improved and more judicial officers may be recruited to deal with the judicial issues they face.

“Your Excellency, we aspire to have a robust Judiciary that is accountable and capable of delivering quality and timely justice in accordance with our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan when these reforms are funded and implemented,” Justice Alfonse Owiny – Dollo addressed Gen. Museveni.

Hon. Norbert Mao, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, reminded the President that the Administration of the Judiciary Act, which he supported throughout its legislative process until he signed it into law, is a critical piece of legislation in governing the Judiciary.

“Your Excellency, once the Act is fully implemented, I am confident that the Judiciary will be transformed into a new Judiciary that will see a tremendous reduction in and elimination of case backlog, timely delivery of justice, increased investment and economic growth as a result of investor confidence in Uganda’s justice system, bringing judicial services closer to the people, promoting peace, the rule of law, and constitutionalism in the country,” Hon.

The event was also attended by the Chief Justice of South Africa, His Lordship Hon. Justice Raymond M.M. Zondo, Hon. Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah of the Court of Appeal of Ghana, Hon. Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe of the High Court of Ghana, Ambassadors and Ugandan judicial officers among others.

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