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CJ Opens 5th National Plea Bargaining Conference

Chief Justice Bart M. Katurebe Chief Justice Bart M. Katurebe

 

KAMPALA: The Chief Justice, Hon.Justice Bart M. Katureebe, on Wednesday June 27, 2019 officially opened the 5th National Plea Bargaining Conference with a call to advocates to embrace Plea Bargaining and other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms.

"I urge you to earnestly embrace these initiatives in addition to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity," said the Chief Justice.

He encouraged them to join the Judiciary in eradicating case backlog through diligent preparation and presentation of cases in court. "You should take center stage in saving judicial time and resources," he said.

The Conference was held under the theme, "Plea Bargaining as a Case Backlog Intervention".

Hon. Justice Katureebe commended initiatives such as Plea Bargaining and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution to overcome the huge case backlog and inordinate delays in the disposal of cases.

The Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, said Plea Bargaining is the way to go to decongest prisons and reduce case backlog. The program has been central in changing the shift of the number of convicts being more than those on remand ar

 

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Published: June 27, 2019