Stop Unnecessary Pressure on Courts: Uganda Law Society

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Francis Gimara, the president Uganda Law Society, says courts are overwhelmed by the number of political disputes, which ideally require political solutions.

Uganda Law Society-ULS has asked government and other political actors to settle their political grievances through dialogue instead of piling pressure on courts of law.
 
Francis Gimara, the president Uganda Law Society, says courts are overwhelmed by the number of political disputes, which ideally require political solutions.
 
 
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Gimara says the increase in the number of political cases in courts of law compounds the case backlog, which makes the judiciary look like a dumping ground for cases.



According to Gimara, in order to ensure rule of law in the country, ULS intends to set up a committee of eminent persons to guide them on how well they can engage with the judiciary to maintain rule law. 

 
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He appeals to the tenth parliament to pass the Judiciary Administration Bill to strengthen the financial muscle of the judiciary to ensure its independence. Uganda Law Society is mandated by law to issue advise on legal matters.
 
The council is comprised of 2,500 lawyers spread across the country.

 

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