KABERAMAIDO – The residents of the Kaberamaido district were full of joy during the launch of the Small Claims Procedure (SCP) at the Chief Magistrate’s court.
The launch was presided over by the district’s LC5 representative, Mr. Ejwau John Willy, who referred to SCP as a “blessing”.
“Small Claims Procedure is affordable, judgment is quick and best of all, and you don’t need a lawyer,” he said.
He urged the residents of Kaberamaido to stop fearing courts because they are here to help deliver justice amicably.
The procedure is a new form of mediation in matters arising out of the supply of goods, debts, and rent, introduced by the Judiciary with an intention of decongesting the prisons and reducing case backlog.
SCP is a civil claim whose subject matter value does not exceed UGX. 10,000,000.
The Grade 1 Magistrate of the court, Geoffrey Akena, said that Kaberamaido was the 70th SCP gazetted court and informed the people that the judiciary is still reaching other courts in the East.
“Small Claims is finally in the East, I urge all of you to embrace it, and we as the courts, and we are here to assist in any way,” he added.
The launch was witnessed by the District Prisons Commissioner, David Mucunguzi, DPP representative Sarah Acen as well as other civic leaders in the district.
Meanwhile, residents saw the procedure as a relief that is going to carry away the burden of demanding debts on behalf of the creditors.