Tuesday August 19 2014

Court reopens to public after one month vacation



Starting Yesterday (Monday), the High Court and Magistrates Courts are now open to the general public after a one month vacation that ended last Friday.

The annual court vacation runs from July 15 to August 15. In this period, cases of civil nature are not heard. Courts only hear cases of criminal nature.

The Public Relation Officer of the Judiciary Mr Erias Kisawuzi in an interview with this newspaper on Sunday called upon the general public to attend their court matters starting from today saying the High Court and Magistrates court are now fully operational.

“The court vacation has ended and we appeal to the general public that the courts are now open and fully operational as they used to be,” said Mr Kisawuzi in a telephone interview. Court vacation is when the judicial officers, i.e judges and magistrates go on leave and use that time to write their judgment and rulings.

The genesis of the court vacation was inherited from the colonial judges who used to travel back to United Kingdom to visit their families during this period.

Mr Kisawuzi also said the judiciary is yet to review court vacation to establish whether it is still relevant or not.