Principle Judge to Crack Whip on Lazy Judges

Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine
Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine

The Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine has threatened stern action against all lazy judges that will be found culpable of underperformance.

Bamwiine said today that laziness was one of the main reasons for the growing case backlog in the judiciary.

The Principal Judge sounded the warning during a dialogue with various court users, and held to brainstorm on solutions to the underperformance of High Court’s Land Division Circuit.

He pointed out that one of the commonest punishments given out to judges is transfers, ambulance but noted that once this fails, sickness he will be handing them over to the Judicial Service Commission.

“If a judge has been transferred to various departments but he or she fails to perform, we have nothing else to do but hand them over to the commission,” he said, adding that already one judge is set to be sent over to the commission.

Bamwiine attributed the large case back log especially in the Land division to a number of factors including the lack of a Land Policy, which must be based on by Parliament whenever they are making laws regarding land matters.

At the event, Bamwiine called upon judges and magistrates handling land matters to try and dispose them all in time, and avoid unnecessary adjournments.

Justice Andrew Bashaija, the Head of Land Division of High Court told the meeting that the division currently has only two judges, dealing with over 4000 cases.

Byabakama pointed out that most of these cases result from establishment of Government projects like the Standard gauge Railway, Entebbe Express High way and other projects by UNRA where land owners always complain of not being compensated for their land.


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