President Yoweri Museveni is expected to open the second annual East African Court of Justice-EACJ conference.
The judicial conference being organized under the theme of “Transforming Access to Justice in the East African Community” is slated for October 26th and 28th , 2022 at Mestil Hotel in Kampala.
Dr. Andrew Musiime, the East African Community Affairs director said the conference aims at giving the community and other legal stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the current judicial and legal affairs that affect the people of East Africa.
“We are looking at hosting about 300 people at the conference. The participants will be drawn from academia, different ministries and civil society organizations, especially those that deal with matters of justice, “Dr. Musiime said.
EACJ Deputy Registrar HW Christine Mutimura Wekesa said the conference is an opportunity for the court to interact with the community.
This will help people understand how the court operates and how to access justice from the regional court.
“It is an opportunity for all East Africans to have access to justice. We hope that East Africans will be able to better understand how the court works,” Mutimura said.
Mutimura stated that the EACJ will also hold court sessions at the High Court Commercial Division in Kampala from November 2nd to December 2nd.
She says this was agreed upon by the EALA for the Court to have rotational sittings in the different partner states in order to bring justice closer to the people.
“Last year we were in Bujumbura and this year we are going to be in Kampala. The court is going to handle about 39 matters from all member states on November 2nd to December 2nd,” Mutimura stated.
The conference is being organized by the East African Legislative Assembly through the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (Uganda).