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Case Backlog Reduction Programme: Uganda Police Registers success

One of the major challenges in the administration of effective delivery of Justice in Uganda has been persistent increase in case backlog due to inadequate resources, poor investigation and delays by criminal justice actors such as the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) of the Uganda Police Force.

However, recent statistics from the Criminal Investigation Directorate of the Uganda Police Force indicate huge strides being taken to reduce case backlog under the JLOS Quick Wins Case Backlog Reduction Programme launched by the Honorable Chief Justice of Uganda, His Lordship Justice B.J Odoki in March 2010.

Under the Quick Wins Case backlog reduction programme, the Uganda Police through the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) has been able to reduce case backlog through facilitating 30 criminal sessions in the High Court and an equal number of sessions in the Magistrates Courts and quality assurance of cases.

As at December 12th 2010, the Uganda Police Force had weeded out 59,276 criminal cases, put aside 16,552 criminal cases for lack of evidence and committed 15,707 capital cases for trial in the High Court.

The conclusion of more than 60,000 cases from the criminal justice system will enable the Uganda Police Force to concentrate their scarce resources to only meritorious cases resulting in higher convictions, timely disposal of cases in the courts and reduction in case backlog.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: December 12, 2010