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Chief Justice, govt officials discuss corruption in Judiciary

Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, shares a pictorial moment with a team from the Strengthening Uganda Government Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) on Friday, July 19. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KAMPALA – The Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, on Friday, July 19, met a team from the Strengthening Uganda Government Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR).

The meeting was to update the Chief Justice on the progress of the activities SUGAR is undertaking in the Judiciary in three courts, namely, the Anti-Corruption Court, the Court of Appeal and the Execution and Bailiffs Division.

The activities include supporting the automation of the courts, training Judicial Officers and other stakeholders, and other efforts towards fighting corruption and case backlog in the Judiciary.

The team included Ms Valentine Namakula, Mrs Christine Birabwa Nsubuga and Mr. Tito Byenkya. From the Judiciary, the meeting was also attended by Court of Appeal’s Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire (Chairperson Judiciary ICT Committee), HW Esta Nambayo (Chief Registrar) and HW Boniface Wamala (PLS to CJ).

The British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) through Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) project last year provided £290,000 (about UGX1.5bn) to automate the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The funds will mainly be used for the installation of an Electronic Court Case Management Information System to be used within the judiciary.

The system will record all court case information (Online) from the time a plaintiff files a civil case on-line; or in criminal matters, from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) through sentence and execution; efficiently sharing that information among all relevant parties in the case including the Public.

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