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Appellate Courts Go On Vacation
Hon. Justice Steven BK Kavuma

Kampala. The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal started their month-long annual court vacation which will run from August 1 to August 31, 2017. During this period, the Hon. Justices of the Supreme Court will write judgements of the 47 cases that are awaiting ruling.

At the Court of Appeal, the Hon Justices will be using the period to writing pending judgments arising from election petitions.

According to the Deputy Justice and head of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Steven Kavuma, there are 51 election petitions that are pending judgment at the Court. "We are going to use the vacation to write and deliver judgments on the election appeals arising from last year's general elections." However, the registries of the court will remain open for the registration of cases.

According to His Worship Vincent Emmy Mugabo, the Public Relations Officer for the Judiciary, during vacation, judicial officers concentrate mainly on desk work like judgment writing; weeding out inactive cases from the system; review of the work in the previous period; planning for the next period.

The Registrar of Supreme Court,His Worship Tom Chemutai adds that while the courts will not handle any civil cases, the registries of the two courts will continue to receive and file cases.

However, he adds that when urgent cases come up, applicants apply for a "certificate of urgency"stating why the matter needs to be disposed of. "When the Certificate of Urgency is granted, the case can be handled as an exception," H/W Chemutai shares.

Posted 2nd, August 2017
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