The Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Sharon Lesa Nyambe, met with Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo in the Judiciary headquarters.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the partnership between UNODC and the Judiciary in Uganda. This partnership focuses on strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice, including support for emerging crime areas.
The Chief Justice expressed the Judiciary’s commitment to collaborating with UNODC. They aim to work together to enhance capacity building, information and communication technology (ICT) implementation, and environmental justice. These efforts are geared towards ensuring the effective delivery of criminal justice services to the people of Uganda.
John Paul Edoku, Deputy Registrar Planning, Research, and Development, who also serves as the Judiciary’s Focal Point Person for UNODC Programmes, along with Angela Tusiime, the Public Information Assistant at UNODC, attended the meeting.
Additionally, the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana, the Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu, the Deputy Registrar Supreme Court, Mary Babirye, and the Commissioner Human Resource, Apophia Tumwine, conducted an inspection of the appellate court superstructures at the Judiciary headquarters last week. The visit aimed to assess the progress of finishing works at these sites.
In a related development, Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera inaugurated a two-week induction and training program for newly recruited Magistrates Grade I at Colline Hotel, Mukono.
This program equips 88 Magistrates Grade I with the necessary skills for their judicial service roles. Deputy Chief Justice Buteera encouraged the Magistrates to use their knowledge and skills to address the growing demands for justice and freedom from the people.
The induction program aims to help Magistrates understand and uphold judicial ethics, values, and traditions within their roles. Deputy Chief Justice Buteera also urged the Magistrates to actively contribute ideas for improving their workplace environments.
He highlighted the importance of implementing new strategies to reduce case backlogs, such as Mediation, Plea-bargain, Small Claims Procedure, Diversion of cases for juvenile offenders, Arbitration, and Reconciliation.
Justice Mike Chibita, Chairperson of the Governing Council Judicial Training Institute, emphasized that the training would enhance service delivery by refreshing the Magistrates’ knowledge and capacity. He underlined the Judiciary’s commitment to integrity and efficiency, expecting Magistrates to actively uphold these principles.