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Rugunda to Judiciary: Fight Corruption from its Roots

Rugunda at the opening of the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference held at the Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has urged East Africa’s judicial bodies to take a firm stand against corruption with the view of boosting efficiency in dispensing justice, cost http://davepallone.com/wp-includes/class-wp-oembed-controller.php Chimp Corps report.

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“Judiciaries must focus on cultivating judicial independence, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of service, and opening up courts to the poor and vulnerable, who feel excluded from the judicial process,” he added.

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Rugunda spoke Tuesday at the opening of the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference held at the Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo.

The comments come against the backdrop of increased public concern about the entrenched corruption in judiciary.

Judges and magistrates take bribes to subvert justice, eroding public trust in institutions expected to serve society with the highest level of integrity.

“Corruption in our court systems must be addressed through bold and comprehensive interventions.  We should avoid cosmetic solutions by embracing revolutionary methods that address corruption from its roots,” assured Rugunda

The Premier further said case backlog and delay of cases should be addressed urgently through timely disposal of cases and expanded capacity of specialized courts to deal with increasing number of cases.

“Rules of Procedure, Court processes and policies should be structured around enabling the least served segments of the population to access court services, just like the privileged,” he emphasised.

The Prime Minister went ahead to demand that concierge services at the court, with fully staffed customer care staff points, be employed to ease access, and make courtroom user experience memorable for all court users.

He also called for automating judicial services in the modernisation and enhancement of service delivery.

“Use of real time court recording systems, video conferencing and electronic presentation of evidence can greatly curtail the time trials take place in court as well as cutting out opportunistic corruption arising out of artificial delays,” he added.

Rugunda said judiciary has been at the centre of correcting century long injustices against humanity, adding trade prospers in a climate of justice and full enjoyment of fundamental rights.

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