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CJ Owiny-Dollo Sued Over Slow Court Processes

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Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo has been sued by Gulu prisons inmates over the slow process of court leading to delayed justice.

The convicted and remanded inmates 1,365 in number presented their petition to the Chief Justice during his visit to Gulu Main Prisons on Monday through convict G. 234/2017 Michael Oyite the Deputy Overall Katikiro U.G Government Prisons Gulu Main.

According to them, slow court processes and delayed justice have caused case backlogs in courts, congestion in the prison facilities, and miscarriage of justice. A legal maxim states that justice delayed is justice denied.

The inmates pleaded to the government through the judiciary to make access to justice better and increase the dispensation of justice.

Convict Oyite says they want the number of normal high court sessions running at Gulu High Court increased to address the challenges of the high number of committals.

He noted that the inmates say that they are informed that this year only two high court sessions have been heard in Gulu and Kitgum High Courts, adding that some cases date back to 2016 and have not been listed for the high court hearing.

They further requested additional resident judge to be posted to Gulu High Court to support the one
“why simple cases take long in courts, decried discrimination in bail and fixing cases for hearing, inequality before court, loss of court files from the court, trying accused in absence of victims, and delay in the court of appeal, they questioned.

Gulu Resident Judge, Justice Alex Ajiji Mackay noted that the Gulu High Court Circuit is indeed battling case backlogs and understaffing due to its wide area of coverage.

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He noted that judiciary needs to post another resident judge in the area and also create more courts within the different districts to enhance expeditious judicial processes.

Chief Justice Owiny Dollo in his response admitted to the problems but noted that the judiciary is set to create lower courts in all constituencies in the country, a Chief Magistrate Court in all districts and also increase on courts of appeal and one in Gulu for the mid-north region.

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