Justice Kavuma Opens First Mediation Bureau


abortion geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Uganda Mediation Chambers (UMC) has been established as an NGO to offer services including mediation, training, consultancy and legal research to clients such as commercial banks, insurance companies, government institutions, private individuals, among others.

Speaking at the launch, Justice Kavuma revealed that some disputants have chosen to settle disputes by ignoring them, and negotiating among themselves and sometimes getting another third party to mediate, an issue he says sometimes lead to violence if not well handled.

Kavuma revealed that the chamber will help the meditation in the commercial Division of the High Court that has enhanced case disposal by about 26%.

He said his reason for the NGO is to rid Court of the backlog and yet still solve other issues advised to proceed out of court.

The maiden CEO of the chambers, John Ochepa E. Arutu, said expressed vigilance to handle NGO work handsomely well.

“After 32 years of service in the judiciary, 477 cases were referred to me for meditation (between May 2010 and July 2013). I was able to mediate and complete 349 and out of 349 cases, 110 did not succeed, 239 were settled while 128 were found in appropriate for meditation,” he said.

The settlement rate stood at 69% and the failure was 31%, a record he says is the best ever for a country like Uganda.

“It’s on this note that I have decided to bring the experience to UMC and I look forward to achieving my vision of 75% of all cases that would ordinarily go to court,” he added.

Ochepa also revealed that since January 2014, he has been engaged in the training and capacity building in the Lango sub-region with the help of Action Aid, and UMC has already been able to train over 150 local mediators all drawn from cultural institutions.

These are now working actively helping communities, especially widows and other disadvantaged people to settle customary disputes, community conflicts and family related disputes.

The chamber will deal with disputes like tax and commercial disputes, family, environment, land and civil disputes including community disputes and customary land use disputes, among others.

Kavuma cited Article 126(2) of the constitution which provides for courts of law to apply principles; justice shall not be delayed, reconciliation between parties shall be promoted and substantive justice shall be administered without undue regard to technicalities.


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