The Principal Judge, Hon. Justice Dr. Yorokamu Bamwine has appealed to judicial officers not to leave their stations with the baggage of undelivered judgments.
Presiding over the Masindi High Court Open Day on Tuesday,July 18, 2017 the Hon. Principal Judge said some judicial staff leave stations on transfer, leaving behind a case whose hearing is in its advanced stages. “Urge the parties to finish it. Fast track its disposal. Do not go with the baggage of undelivered judgments,” he said.
He urged the judicial officers to always anticipate relocation and handle assignments as “if today is your last day in life”.
The Masindi Resident Judge, Hon. Justice Rugadya Atwooki said he had created a timetable to ensure that he visits all the areas under his circuit. He also urged court users to always seek clarification from court officials whenever they fail to understand court processes.
Her Worship Julia Acio, Deputy Registrar for the Masindi High Court circuit said the open day is a platform for court users to interface with judicial officers. “A court open day like this helps us in the JLOS family to share concerns and to work out solutions together,” she said.
During the function which was attended by hundreds of people, the Masindi LC5 Chairperson Mr. Cosmas Byaruhanga asked for the courts to fast track land cases that are a big issue in the Bunyoro sub-region.
Mr. Rogers Kanti, one of the litigants wanted to know why police clears court orders. “Police needs to stop this alleged practice of clearing court orders. Judicial decisions cannot be set aside, reversed or substituted through administrative intervention. Verify and assist in the execution process,” the Principal Judge said.
Hon. Justice Bamwine called upon member institutions in the JLOS family to have routine status meetings. “Let us have routine meetings as JLOS and put our house in order to make Justice for all a reality,” he said.
To the court users, the Principal Judge appealed to them”not to lead our staff into temptation. At times you tempt hungry lions with meat, the hungry with food.”
He also encouraged them to embrace the system of Plea Bargaining,Mediation and Small Claims Procedure.
The event which was attended by the district leadership as well as different stakeholders was celebrated under the theme, “Promoting Access to Equal Justice for All.”