NAKIFUMA/NSANGI — Small Claims Procedure (SCP), a civil claim whose subject matter value does not exceed UGX.10,000,000a has been extended to two more Magistrate Courts including; Nakifuma and Nsangi as judiciary ensure that access to justice initiative reaches 76 courts.
Judiciary came up with this procedure as a new form of mediation in matters arising out of the supply of goods, debts, and rent.
The launches of the procedure were both presided over by the Resident judges, of the areas; Justice Batema Ndikabona David Akky of Mukono circuit and Justice Odoki Phillip of Mpigi circuit.
While in Nakifuma on Thursday, February 27, 2020, Justice Batema talked about horrific cases that come up all because of debts.
“Let’s not cause harm on others just because they can’t pay back a debt, just come to small claims court. Learn to embrace these courts because they are here to provide justice,” he said.
Present at the same occasion was the MP of Nakifuma, Eng. Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko who too asked the public to allow embrace court and not to fear it.
“Because we didn’t get proper education, like the learned lawyers, we tend to fear court summons, hence I am here to tell you my people that embrace the Judiciary because it’s here to deliver justice.
The people of Nakifuma applauded the Grade 1 Magistrate Nahirya Esther for her great work and open-door policy.
She’s in office, Monday to Friday, from 9 am-5 pm
The procedure was Friday, February, 18, 2020, launched at Nsangi Magistrate court.
Justice Odoki who mentioned that he is 28 days old as a Resident Judge in Mpigi said that SCP is here to help with the reduction of case backlog.
“I witnessed SCP being piloted and I believe that this initiative is the best ever for fighting case backlog”
“I am trained in SCP and I am ready to support it in this circuit. My door is open for further guidance to the public on this procedure and other matters concerning getting justice,” he added.
At both Nakifuma and Nsangi, top religious and political figures including Nakawa Grade 1 Magistrate Jackeline Kagoya who represented the Ag. Registrar of SCP attended the rollout.
Kagoya appealed to court users to embrace SCP because it is efficient, cost-effective and fast.