BY UGANDA VANGUARD
NSAMBYA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JILOS) has unveiled its priorities to deliver quality judicial service to support the national development goals. According to Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the overall goal of the sector is to contribute to economic growth and transform Uganda to a prosperous middle income country in line with the Vision 2040.
“As the country enters into the 3rd National Development Plan, the sector too is aligning its priorities to support the national development goals. Building a pro-people justice delivery system requires us to ensure that there is a system in place that provides prompt and effective access to quality justice services. This will require us to ensure the complete coverage of the country with one-stop service points, fast tracking automation across most institutions, including the development of an Electronic Court Case Management System (ECCMIS) in the Judiciary,” he said.
There is need to roll out of the Prosecution Case Management System (PROCAMIS) in the Uganda Police Force and Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Uganda Prisons Service, said Katureebe at the 24th Joint Annual JLOS review Tuesday November 2th, 2019.
He further explained, “It is expected that this will culminate in a sector-wide integrated system that eases communication and a pro-people justice delivery system. Better quality of service and customer-care and this is an area that we intend to pay more attention.”
Katureebe called for human rights based approach in JLOS service delivery and full enforcement of the provisions of the Bill of Rights.
“This envisages strengthened efforts to ensure that our constitutional obligations are fully respected. It will also support the development of inter-sectoral linkages that will support the enforcement of socio-economic rights, such as access to health, water, shelter and education,” he added.
Katureebe said JILOS has to enhance private sector development for employment. “This will entail deliberate efforts to create a justice system that is responsive to the needs of the private sector and that contributes to creating a more competitive economy. These key issues provide food for thought as we reflect on our past work and on the journey ahead of us. It is my hope that we shall continue to walk this journey together in the spirit of partnership,” Katureebe added.
Regarding backlog, he said, “Although we have registered progress in reducing case backlog, civil and land matters still take an inordinately long time to be cleared from the system. It creates an undue burden on the society and the economy and contributing to conflict and crime. These challenges need to be addressed in the same manner that we have taken on challenges in the past.”
Commenting on the World Bank Doing Business Report 2020, Katureebe said, “Although, this is outside of the reporting period, I can also report that indicates that Uganda has moved 11 positions from 127 in 2019 to 116 in 2019. Significantly Uganda is at position 77 in terms of enforcing contracts, although there is still work to be done in starting a business.”
He said the review is about candid discussion.
‘I acknowledge that the picture in the past year has not been completely rosy. The progress on key legislation has still been slow, particularly legislation on legal aid, witness protection and the Judiciary Administration Bill. I wish to emphasise the importance of these policy and legislative reforms to the broader sector reforms and call on our partners in the rest of government to support us to ensure that they reach fruition,” Katurebe noted.
He also said the sector set out to develop a Transitional Justice Policy for post-conflict areas.
“The Transitional Justice Policy was formally adopted by the government and an implementation plan has now been crafted to guide its full implementation,” he said. Adding, “To date, I can report in terms of physical presence, frontline JLOS institutions, namely court, prosecutions and police, are present in one-stop service points in 67.5% of the districts,” he noted.
“I can further report that the case backlog reduction strategy is now yielding fruit and case backlog now stands at 18% from 21% in 2017. This has been achieved in spite of a 13% increase in cases registered. As a result of the clearance of case backlog and with the use of special procedures and sessions, for the first time in the sector’s lifespan, the Uganda Prisons Service is now holding more convicts than remands with the remand population standing at 47.7%.”
Katureebe said the public trust in the sector stands at 59% and the Index of Judicial Independence has risen to 3.42 on a scale of 1-6, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2018.
He hailed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for delivering on the constitutional promise of ensuring justice for the people of Uganda through the continued provision of the resources to achieve these aims.
“Government resource allocation to the JLOS Sector grew in absolute terms from Shs1.335 trillion in 2017/18 to Shs1.591 trillion in 2018/19.
Several personalities were awarded for exceptional service as listed below.
CITATIONS: 2019 JLOS RECOGNITION AWARDS
The JLOS Excellence Award (2019)
Awarded to the OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR GENERAL (Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) in recognition of its excellent service delivery in the administration of estates of the deceased
Awarded to the DIRECTORATE OF GOVERNMENT ANALYTICAL LABORATORY (Ministry of Internal Affairs Affairs) in recognition of its excellent general scientific, analytical, forensics and advisory service delivery
The JLOS Customer Service Award (2019)
Awarded to the UGANDA PRISONS SERVICE in recognition of its outstanding customer relationship management program.
The JLOS Public Affairs and Media Relations Award (2019)
Awarded to Ms. PROVIA NANGOBI in recognition of her outstanding performance in public affairs and media relations at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)
Awarded to Ms. JANE OKUO KAJUGA in recognition of her outstanding performance in public affairs and media relations at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP)
The JLOS Media Reporting Award (2019)
Awarded to MR. JOHN V. SSERWANIKO in recognition of his pro-active, fair and balanced reporting on JLOS activities and programs as a journalist at Mulengera News 2
The JLOS Milestone Achievement Award (2019)
Awarded to the UGANDA POLICE FORCE in recognition of its contribution to a record reduction in pre-trial detainees in the FY 2018 – 2019
Awarded to the OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS in recognition of its contribution to a record reduction in pre-trial detainees in the FY 2018 – 2019
Awarded to the JUDICIARY in recognition of its contribution to a record reduction in pre-trial detainees in the FY 2018 – 2019
Awarded to the UGANDA PRISONS SERVICE in recognition of its contribution to a record reduction in pre-trial detainees in the FY 2018 – 2019
The JLOS Partnership and Collaboration Award (2019)
Awarded to UGANDA BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION in recognition of its outstanding partnership with the Sector in commercial justice and improving the environment for competitiveness
The JLOS DCC of the Year Award (2019)
Awarded to MASINDI DISTRICT CHAIN-LINK COMMITTEE in recognition of its contribution to effective coordination of Sector programs in Masindi district.
The JLOS Long Service Award (2019)
Awarded to Ms. FLORENCE NAKACHWA DOLLO in recognition of her long and steadfast service and contribution to the Justice, Law and Order Sector
Awarded to Ms. VASTINA RUKIRIMANA NSANZE in recognition of her long and steadfast service and contribution to the Justice, Law and Order Sector
Awarded to Ms. BETTY TUKUTENDEREZA in recognition of her long and steadfast service and contribution to the Justice, Law and Order Sector
The JLOS Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)
Awarded to Hon. Justice BART KATUREEBE in recognition of his outstanding and distinguished service to the Justice, Law and Order Sector as Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of the JLOS Leadership Committee