The New members of Judicial Service Commission after the swearing in ceremony.(C) Hon. Chief Justice, Hon. Bart Katureebe
Kampala.The new Judicial Service Commission(JSC) members have been sworn in by the Chief Justice. The nine member team was led by Hon. Justice Kabiito Benjamin Isingoma as chairperson and Hon. Lady Justice Faith Mwondha as deputy.They will serve for a four-year term.
The other members include; Hon. Justice Jotham Tumwesigye, former Uganda Law Society president Ms. Ruth Sebatindira, Ms. Norah Matovu Winyi, Dr. Laban Nnini Kirya, former Sheema woman MP, Hon. Rose Nyakikongoro, former Teso State minister Hon. Amongin Aporu and Ms. Justin A. Mugabi.
They took their oaths of office before the Chief Justice, Hon. Bart Katureebe at the High Court in Kampala on December 5, 2016.
Shortly after taking oath, Hon.Justice Kabiito pledged on behalf of his team to build from what the old commission left, and confront the challenges that the commission faces.
He disclosed that the Judicial Service Commission has will work tirelessly to clear a backlog of more than 300 unfinished cases to restore public confidence in the Judiciary.
"Your lordship, we shall ensure that criminal cases against errant officers are conducted in a swift and fair manner because the complainants and the affected judicial officers expect a quick resolution of these complaints such that confidence entrusted in us is not in vain," said Hon. Justice Kabiito.
Hon. Justice Katureebe called on the newly sworn in members of the JSC to take time and scrutinize all lawyers before recommending them as judges and judicial officers.
He stressed that it was important to preserve the public's confidence in the Judiciary because the Judiciary is under scrutiny, on accusations of incompetence and corruption.
President Yoweri Museveni named High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Kabiito to replace Hon. Justice James Ogoola who retired in February after clocking the retirement age of 70.
The Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, and the Members of JSC are all appointed by the President with approval of Parliament. Its main mandate is to recruit judicial officers and regulate their conduct.
Posted 5th, December 2016