CID Boss Meets Judiciary Case Backlog Committee

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In short
In their two-hour meeting with the case backlog committee headed by Court of Appeal Judge Richard Buteera at the High Court in Kampala, Grace Akullo faulted magistrates who are never at their duty stations on Fridays and Mondays since those are travel days out of the station and back from their respective homes.

The director of Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) Grace Akullo has this evening led a group of detectives to the High Court to give their views on how their operations have contributed to case backlog in the Judiciary.

In their two-hour meeting with the case backlog committee headed by Court of Appeal Judge Richard Buteera at the High Court in Kampala, Akullo faulted magistrates who are never at their duty stations on Fridays and Mondays since those are travel days out of the station and back from their respective homes.
  
Akullo explained that on these two days, they are left in suspense as police as majority of the judicial officers don't work, hence contributing to the case backlog in the Judiciary.
  
Lawyers were also singled out as contributing to the case backlog in the Judiciary on grounds that they are ever seeking for unnecessary adjournments.
  
The other critical factor the detectives pointed out, that they say has contributed to the case backlog, is the under-funding that has seen them failing to facilitate key witnesses with transport to come to court and testify against suspects.
  
Other reasons that Akullo and group pointed out include; lazy detectives who take long to investigate cases, reference of some cases for constitutional interpretation, lazy magistrates who hear only a few of their witnesses out of the many they have brought to court, and lack of judicial officers in some remote districts.
  
During the same consultative meeting, Justice Henry Peter Adonyo castigated the police for not following the 48-hour rule by producing the suspects before court within that prescribed period.
  
The Akullo-led meeting follows the court census that was carried out in December last year with a subsequent report that showed that there are114,809 pending cases.
  
To that effect, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, recently constituted an 11-member committee led by Justice Buteera to study the recommendations in the report but specifically address the causes of case backlog. The committee is also expected to study the status of the case backlog, proposed interventions of eradication of case backlog, as well as recommendations of quick disposal of cases generally.
  
 The committee has so far met with relevant stake holders like the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justices of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General, Solicitor General, and the Minister that have given their views on how to combat the case backlog in the judiciary.