Judiciary Making Strides in Reducing Case Backlog-Otafiire

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Henry Peter Adonyo, the Executive Director of Judicial training Institute, said the Judiciary is aware of the concern of the citizens about the inefficiency in the sector, which is borne out of the enduring levels of the case backlog compounded by uncertainties.

The enhanced judicial system has started bearing fruits, according to the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, General Kahinda Otafiire. He notes that the Judiciary was able to reduce the case backlog from 208,000 to 33,000 cases last year.

 
He disclosed this while delivering a statement at the official opening of the 20th Annual Judges Conference under the theme "An inclusive judiciary for sustainable development" at Speke Resort Munyonyo this morning.
 
 
He noted that the completion of such a number of cases is an indication that the enhanced judicial system is beginning to bear fruits. Otafiire noted that the leadership of the judiciary has steered the sector through key innovations that have improved the effectiveness of the Judiciary like alternatives to dispute resolution, enhanced justice through improvement in the Information and communications technology, which has made communication easier and recruitment of new judges among others.

 
He said government is undertaking every effort to address the welfare of judicial officers.



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Other measures taken to reduce the case backlog include; compliance with the Chief Justice circular on delivery of pending judgments and development of case backlog clearance plans specific to each court, among other things.



Henry Peter Adonyo, the Executive Director of Judicial training Institute, said the Judiciary is aware of the concern of the citizens about the inefficiency in the sector, which is borne out of the enduring levels of the case backlog compounded by uncertainties.
 
 
He says the National Court Case Census Report revealed that 25.14% of the cases in the court system were backlogged. He says the HiiL Report , 2017 on the state of the judiciary and the Annual Report of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) clearly identified Criminal, Family and Land cases as the most affected by backlog. 


"Consequently this troubling scenario has to be addressed systematically through carefully designed reforms for if not done so the end result can have far reaching consequences on the individual, the community and the country at large, "he said. 


The Judiciary has been struggling with case backlog, which has frustrated several people seeking justice. A 2016 report on the performance of the High Court divisions and circuits during the year indicates that 46,731 cases were brought forward from 2015 while 31,584 new cases were registered in 2016. 



However, only 19,567 cases were completed through the system leaving 58,000 cases pending.

 

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