Loss of Court Records Irks Principal Judge

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Principle Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine reveals that several complaints regarding intentional disappearance of court files have been reported by members of the public, pinning some judges and court clerks among officers conniving with those on the wrong side of the law to facilitate the vice.

Judicial officers have been put on notice over growing concerns on theft and disappearance of court records.

Principal Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine reveals that several complaints regarding deliberate loss of court files have been reported by members of the public, pinning some judges and court clerks among officers conniving with suspects to facilitate the vice.

Bamwine cited Lira and Mbarara as some of the districts, where reports have emerged, of judicial officers intentionally refusing to make court judgments public.

He was officiating at the Annual General Meeting of Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) at Hotel Africa, Kampala today.
 
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However, during the meeting, a section of judicial officers accused court clerks of perpetuating corruption, which is instead pegged onto the judges.

Bamwine noted that the judiciary is lobbying that the recruitment of court clerks is done under the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for quick remedy, noting that under public service, it is difficult to transfer or fire them.

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Paul Gadenya, the High Court Chief Registrar says the Judiciary has set up an inspectorate and internal disciplinary committee to monitor and hear cases of errant officers.
 
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Uganda Judicial Officers Association President Godfrey Kaweesa says the image of the judiciary has over the years deteriorated due to poor service delivery. Kaweesa says this can be reversed if government increases its funding to recruit more staff and expand its courts.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.