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Justice Aweri appointed new Chief Inspector of Courts

 

KAMPALA - The Judiciary has named Supreme Court judge , the new Chief Inspector of Courts on a three-year term contract.

Justice Opio-Aweri replaces former Justice Augustine Sebutino Nshimye, who retired in March after clocking the mandatory age of 70.

Justice Nshimye had been the first inspector of courts though his reign lasted for only one year before retiring.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in an instrument of appointment dated August 3, 2017 said Justice Aweri would be responsible for carrying out the functions of the Inspectorate of Courts in line with the Constitution (Inspectorate of Courts) (Practice Directive) 2015.

According to press statement issued out last evening by Solomon Muyita, the senior communications officer of the Judiciary, Justice Aweri will receive, investigate and evaluate complainants from the public against judicial officials.

 

Purpose

The Chief Inspector of Courts position was created by the Chief Justice in his efforts to strengthen the Inspectorate wing of the Judiciary by empowering it to inspect, receive complainants and investigate cases of judicial officers and judiciary staff of all cadres.

Previously, the Inspector of Courts was being run and headed by a high court registrar, a position which made it difficult for the officer bearer to inspect and take decisive action against errant senior judicial officers in appellate courts like Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

The Chief Inspector of Courts will, among other strategic reforms, lend support towards the Judiciary’s anti-corruption initiatives through the implementation of the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Plan of Action and strengthen accountability.

 

ABOUT JUSTICE AWERI

Background. Born in 1953, Justice Opio-Aweri’s career began in Soroti District where he was a legal assistant in 1982. He joined the Judiciary a year later as Magistrate Grade One. He rose through ranks to become judge of the High Court in 1998.

He was elevated to Court of Appeal in 2013 and to the Supreme Court in September 2015. He is married and has a Master of Laws from Makerere University. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Law Development Centre and Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University.

 

SOURCE: Daily Monitor / Anthony Wesaka | Published: August 21, 2017