KAMPALA —Nine judges have been shortlisted for the position of Principal Judge that will fall vacant on December 25 when the current office bearer, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, officially retires when he clocks 65 years.
The list seen by this website includes justices Gidudu Lawrence, Murangira Joseph, Bashaija Andrew, Adonyo Henry Peter, Henreitta Wolayo, Henry Kawesa Isabirye, Margaret Mutonyi, Gadenya Paul Wolimbwa and Zeija Flavian.
The shortlist is a culmination of the search process initiated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in August this year. The minimum qualifications for the job include a Bachelor of Laws and a post-graduate Diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC).
To qualify for the position, the applicant must have served as a High Court judge or a court of similar jurisdiction or practiced as an advocate for not less than 15 years.
The applicants had also been asked to attach at least four samples of judgments (criminal or civil) that they had ever written. Some of the functions of the principal judge include assisting the Chief Justice to run the High Court and the subordinate courts in accordance with Article 133 of the Constitution and adjudicating matters within unlimited jurisdiction of the High Court.
The Principal Judge is third in the Judiciary hierarchy after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice.