Uganda to Re-engineer Alternative Justice Systems

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The Deputy Chief Justice, Richard Buteera, has emphasized commitment to re-engineer alternative justice systems.

The system promotes appellate mediation, plea bargaining, small claims procedures, and commercial dispute arbitration in all courts.

Justice Buteera, made the announcement while participating in the 3rd Annual Conference in Kenya.

He praised Kenya’s efforts in promoting Alternative Justice Systems (AJS) and achieving significant progress in their implementation.

Both constitution of Uganda and Kenya emphasize the importance of incorporating people’s views, values, and feelings into the justice system.

Justice Buteera, impressed by Kenya’s “House of Reconciliation,” stated his intention to encourage Ugandan church leaders to adopt a similar approach.

Buteera who represented the Ugandan Chief Justice at the Conference, presented a paper titled “Uganda’s Approach and People-Centered Justice Perspectives.

He emphasized that Article 126 of Uganda’s Constitution, which grants judicial power, serves as the foundation for this pursuit.

The conference brought together various stakeholders, including Prof. Andrew Khaukha (Judiciary Technical Advisor), Dr. Alex Mushabe Karocho (Private Legal Secretary to the DCJ), Senior Counsel Francis Gimara, Ms. Barbra Kilei (IDLO Country Manager), Mr. Samson Asiimwe, and Mr. Gad Benda.

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