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Hon. Lady Judge Jane Frances Abodo has assumed her position as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) today April 22, 2020. This follows her recent appointment by His Excellency the President Y.K. Museveni as the DPP after the Hon. Justice Mike Chibita was elevated to Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda.

 

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Published: April 23, 2020

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The Ag. Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Alfred Elem-Ogwal has today issued a circular to all ODPP staff, JLOS institutions, the general public  and other stakeholders detailing operating procedures for the ODPP following the Presidential directives extending the COVID-19 lockdown for 21 days to 5th May 2020.

 

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This circular follows the administrative guidelines issued on 20th March 2020 by Mr. Ogwal to all ODPP staff in the country. 

 

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For any inquiries, the ODPP has provided the following contact information:

 

Mr. Vincent Wagona

Deputy DPP/Management and Support Services

Tel. 0794-332085

 

Ms. Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

Tel. 0794-332233

 

Ms. Barbara Masinde

PA to the Ag. DPP

Tel. 0794-332472

 

 

 

Published: April 17, 2020 (17.48 EAT)

 

 

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In reference to the Presidential directives on the prevention and management of COVID-19, the ODPP has today issued the following administrative measures to all staff in departments, divisions and all regional offices:

 

1) Serious cases and those that pose a threat to public order and harmony to be registered in court for plea taking

 

2) Bail applications to be handled whenever the courts are sitting

 

3) Staff at the courts with video link to continue to operate of court decides to proceed

 

4) Regional ODPP officers to review committed files and prepare committal papers

 

5) Complainants allowed to only file written complaints at the registries and will follow up either on phone or after a period of 32 days

 

6) Registry staff to display phone numbers of the complaint desk officers as well as heads of stations

 

7) Scheduled national and international conferences and workshops postponed until further notice

 

8) No approval of foreign travels and those already approved rescinded until further notice

 

9) Sanitizers and other preventive measures put in place at ODPP service points in accordance to MOH COVID-19 protocols and guidelines

 

 

Prosecutors directed to advise Police as follows:

 

1) Process suspects for court in capital cases, serious or other offenses that are likely to disrupt social harmony and public order

 

2) Immediately produce suspects in court for plea and in any case not later than 48 hours

 

3) Process suspects in minor cases within 48 hours

 

 

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Published: March 20, 2020

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Justice Abodo was appointed High Court Judge on March 23, 2018. She has been attached to the High Court’s Criminal Division and she’s the Focal-Point Person of Judiciary’s Plea Bargain Programme — an initiative used to fight case backlog in criminal cases, as well as decongest prisons.

Prior to joining the bench, she was a state prosecutor specialising in white-collar and cybercrime.

She holds a Master of Laws from Trinity College Dublin (2016). 

In 2015, Abodo was recognized by the Uganda Law Society as the best prosecutor of the year. Her office boasted of the highest conviction rates in Uganda.

For eight years she has headed the prosecution arm of the Anti-Corruption Court – as area that has not had integrity issues during her time.

Over time, Abodo has also grown through the ranks. She started as a pupil state attorney before moving to senior state attorney, then attorney principal and now to senior assistant DPP.

 

 

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Published: April 2, 2020

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 16:08

Justice Abodo appointed as new DPP

 

KAMPALA – President Museveni has appointed High Court Judge Jane Frances Abodo as the new Director of Public Prosecution.

 

Justice Abodo is taking over from Justice Mike Chibita who has been serving as the DPP since 2013 and was appointed supreme court judge recently.

Justice Abodo who was a former senior state attorney was appointed as high court judge in 2019. She has previously worked at the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

 

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Published: April 2, 2020

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MUNYONYO - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) were among winners of the the EGovernment Excellence Awards held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on June 27 2019.

ODPP won the award for Outstanding Web Portal (Information Category) while URSB took home the accolade for Outstanding Sector E-Service Award (Justice, Law Order and Order Sector). The JLOS Secretariat was nominated for the Best Exhibitor Award (2019 EGov Expo) that was won by the Uganda Revenue Authority. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda the Prime Minister was the Chief Guest at the glamorous event. Also present was the Minister for iCT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze,  the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Investment and Privatization) Hon. Evelyn Anite, members of parliament, representives from the donor community, the academia, the business community, the media and several government officials.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: June 28 2019

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KAMPALA. For lack of a proper legal framework to protect witnesses/victims of crime, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has launched guidelines for prosecutors to use as a temporary measure if they are to effectively combat crime in the country. The guidelines are meant to assist prosecutors to determine the witness protection perimeters and the scope of protection in absence of the legislation. 

“At the moment, as most of us know, there is no legislation in Uganda to provide for protection of witnesses. Indeed it’s a bit awkward that we are launching manuals for victims’ rights and witness protection in absence of an enabling law,” said DPP Mike Chibita during the launch last Friday. He continued: “The alternative should have been us to sit and fold our hands and wait but we had to do what we could with the resources that we have. So even if the enabling legislation is not there, we still with the help of our friends, came up with these guidelines.” 

Justice Chibita lamented of how it has been hard to prosecute criminal cases in absence of an enabling law that protects witnesses. 

He gave an example of how they had to hire a car to be on standby and wait for a witness at the gate to whisk him/her away to the airport and take refuge in another country for fear of being harmed after testifying in a terrorism case he declined to name.

 

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Published: June 11, 2019

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Uganda's DPP Justice Mike Chibita has today welcomed DPPs, Prosecutors General and Directors of Investigation authorities from the Great Lakes Region, experts from the UN and Civil society organisations to the 3rd meeting of the Judicial Cooperation Network of the Great Lakes hosted at Speke Resort Munyonyo. Also in attendance are prosecutors and focal points of the Network appointed by the Governments of Angola, Burundi, CAR, DRC, Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. The meeting will focus on enhancing cooperation between the States in addressing illicit trafficking in wildlife and natural resources. 

Justice Chibita observed that the Network is unique as it brings together practitioners from States that speak different languages, have different legal systems but yet are very similar because of the abundance of wildlife and its diversity. He emphasised the need for cooperation by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in order to bring the perpetrators of wildlife crimes to book and to ensure the seizure and recovery of  the assets illicitly gained. 

Ms Rose Mlango of the UN reiterated their commitment to support solution oriented discussions to be ensure peace and stability in the region.

The network was created to enhance cross border investigations and successful prosecution of trans national organised crimes including terrorism.

The meeting is organised by the ICGLR in conjunction with the UNODC and the Office of the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great lakes region, with the support of the Government of Norway.

 

Published: November 12, 2018

 

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:52

Manual on Child-Friendly Practices Launched

 

The Government of Uganda and UNICEF earlier today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide  prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system,  in handling child-related  cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner. The handbook is produced by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with technical and financial support from UNICEF as well as financial support from the Justice, Law and Order Sector. The UK government provided financial support to the process through UNICEF. The handbook will be used by prosecutors and other state as well as non-state actors and institutions in the criminal justice system.

“The handbook is an excellent guide in improving the delivery of justice to children, strengthening child protection structures and helping build a protective environment for children. It will subsequently lead to the rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law,” says Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

According to the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Annual Report 2013, there were 1,256 juvenile offenders in the year 2011-12. In 2012, the Uganda Police Force arrested an average of six juveniles per 100,000 of the child population.

More often than not, prior to sentencing, child offenders are held with adults, due to lack of separate holding facilities at police stations, which increases the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. The conditions of detention are sometimes sub-standard, overcrowded and deny children their rights, such as the right to legal representation, parental access, and appropriate standards of health. Detention rarely results in the child’s reintegration and the child assuming a constructive role in society, which should be the objective of any justice intervention in line with the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

 

In addition, children’s cases are often processed through justice systems designed for adults that are not adapted to children’s rights and specific needs. 

 

Source: www.dpp.go.ug | Published: April 27, 2016

 

 

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In April 2016, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions launched the Handbook on ‘Prosecuting Child-Related Cases in Uganda’ with the support of UNICEF. The handbook clearly outlines the roles of prosecutors, police and other justice officials in responding to children who come in contact or in conflict with the law. 

Following the launch, the DPP held trainings for police and prosecutors on child friendly justice in Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Masaka and Soroti. The trainings covered topics from the handbook, including the means of ensuring a child sensitive justice response through tailored interview techniques; the priority to find alternative measures to detention for children; specialised responses for survivors of sexual and gender based violence; and capacity development on the emerging area of online child protection. 

On 17 and 18 May in Arua, 21 officers from the DPP and Uganda Police Force received the training. Highlights from the sessions included the importance of children’s cases being dismissed or processed through the courts within 3 months. This linked into discussion on the necessity to strengthen the practice of diversion, whereby children who commit petty offences can be released from custody, or redirected to counselling or community service. 

On 19 and 20 May in Gulu, 16 officers from the DPP and UPF were trained. Notable discussions included the importance of medical examinations for survivors of sexual violence, and the need for sensitised coordination between all justice actors on children’s cases. 

Overall, the trainings strengthened the abilities of DPP and UPF officers in the districts to respond to cases in line with the unique needs and best interests of children. 

 

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