MBARARA – The Court of Appeal is set to handle 40 criminal appeals in a scientific session that will be held at Mbarara High Court starting Tuesday, June 23.
Three Justices of the Court: Elizabeth Musoke, Stephen Musota and Remrny Kasule, are set to commence the Mbarara session via the Zoom Meeting technology, according to Court’s Ag. Registrar, Mr Ayebare Tumwebaze.
This scientific approach will enable the Justices to handle cases expeditiously and economically as well as observing the Ministry of Health Guidelines on COVID-19.
“The Justices and counsel will physically be present at the High Court in Mbarara, but their clients will participate via the Zoom technology,” he said.
Arrangements have already been made for the attorneys to engage their appellant clients on how to participate in the scientific court session.
‘The advocates are required to advise and sensitize their respective appellants on the new measures to avert COVID-19 and on the rationale for the resolution that proceedings will be conducted remotely,’. said Mr Ayebare.
According to the cause-list for the session, 26 of the 40 cases are murder appeals, aggravated defilement (8), aggravated robbery (3), and rape (3). Two of the murder appellants are seeking to overturn life sentences earlier imposed on the by the High Court.