There is a shortage in the number of judges in Uganda, the High Court Chief Registrar has said.
Lawrence Gidudu says there are only 33 judges in Uganda to serve a population of 26 million. He notes that this shortage has caused a backlog of cases in the judiciary and is affecting the right of Ugandans to receive swift trial.
Gidudu says the shortage is most acute in Kabale, Masindi and Gulu, which currently do not have resident judges.
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The term of service of the Judicial Service Commission, which is charged with nominating judges to the President for appointment, expired in June last year.
Gidudu says the judiciary is concerned that the process of appointing a new Judicial Service Commission is taking too long.
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