Judiciary Expands Access to Justice with 18 New High Court Circuits

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The Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo has issued statutory instrument No. 94 of 2023 creating 18 new High Court Circuits and re-organizing existing ones to ensure judicial services are taken closer to the people. have been created.

This has been revealed by the Chief Justice in a press statement dated January 24, 2024, by the Judiciary.

He observed that the re-organization and creation of new circuits is in line with the judiciary’s transformation agenda which will ensure easy and quick access to justice.

“The Judiciary transformation agenda that we are pursuing focuses on enhancing access to justice services across Uganda. We are therefore establishing more courts to meaningfully enable the population to access justice,” said CJ Owiny-Dollo.

He stated that between August 2022 to date, 10 new High Court Circuits have been operationalized which has brought the total to 24 operational High Court Circuits.

The new instrument now creates 38 High Court Circuits and consequently revokes judicature instrument 2016, No.55 of 2016 that had created 20 Circuits.

According to Her Worship Sarah Langa Siu the Chief Registrar, the 18 newly created High Court Circuits include; Apac, Bugiri, Bushenyi, Dokolo, Entebbe, Ibanda, Kasese, and Kiboga.

Other are; Kitgum, Kumi, Lugazi, Moyo, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Pallisa, Patongo, Rakai and Wakiso.

“Of the 18, newly created Circuits Bushenyi, Kasese, Kiboga, and Kitgum which have been operational under their mother circuits will be formally launched this quarter,” said Chief Registrar Langa.

Justice Jamson Karemani, the Resident Judge Kiboga High Court Circuit on Monday presided over the opening of a High Court Criminal Session where 36 cases are going to be handled.

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