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Judiciary Completes File Census Exercise

A data collection team at the Buganda road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala during the recently concluded file census across the country (Photo: Margaret Ajok / JLOS) A data collection team at the Buganda road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala during the recently concluded file census across the country (Photo: Margaret Ajok / JLOS)

 

More than 20,000 cases are pending determination before courts throughout the country. These include 97 cases at the Supreme Court, according to results of the just concluded national case census This follows the recent file census carried out December 10 - 11, 2015 through the country where the Judiciary sought to take stock of all pending cases. This according to Justice Henry Peter Adonyo, the head of the National Case Census, will enable the Judiciary establish backlog cases in the court system for action on them.

Justice Henry Peter Adonyo, during a press briefing held at the commercial court following the complete of the two day exercise, said a total of 5,844 cases are pending before the Court of Appeal, 871 cases at the Kampala High Court Criminal Division while 97 cases are pending at the Supreme Court.He said the pending cases at Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court comprise both criminal and civil.

 

Overview of census findings

In Kampala area, a total of 256 cases are pending at the Anti-Corruption Court, Family Division (2,425), Civil Division (1,388), Land Division (3,979), Law Development Centre Magistrates Court (400), Buganda Road Magistrates Court (592), Mwanga II Court (434), Mengo Magistrates Court (2,187) while Kampala Capital City Authority Court has 320 cases. Physical case files pending before the High Court in Fort Portal before one judge are 1,836 while 4,438 case files are pending before the magistrate courts, and 2,153 cases pending at Mbarara High Court before two judges and another 944 before the magistrates' courts

Justice Adonyo promised that a comprehensive report will be released in February 2016 to form a basis for the Judiciary to plan effective distribution of resources for case management. "The exercise has been an informative experience that is helping the Judiciary management as well as the respective courts to weed out non-existent cases. We shall use the findings from the census to inform the resource allocation in the respective courts," Justice Adonyo said.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: December 15, 2015