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OPINION: JLOS offers day-to-day justice needs for ordinary people

Clients being attended to at Wakiso Justice Centre (PHOTO: JLOS) Clients being attended to at Wakiso Justice Centre (PHOTO: JLOS)

 

The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has been at the forefront of reforming Uganda’s justice system since its inception in 1999. Nineteen years on, the achievements, milestones and success stories are visible, challenges notwithstanding. From reforms in commercial justice to the good legislative and policy environment, unprecedented infrastructure development (construction of numerous justice centres across the country) to award-winning innovations and initiatives (small claims procedures, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, sentencing guidelines, plea bargaining, etc,) – the sector is on course in its bid to create a pro-people justice system in Uganda.

It is, however, important to further examine how “pro-people” the workings of the sector are. Pro-people in this context is that JLOS has over the years strived to champion the cause of the vulnerable, the poor and generally those who are disadvantaged in different ways – financially, socially and even physically.

 

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NOTE: This article was originally published in the Daily Monitor on 17th January 2019.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: January 17, 2019 

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