Monday May 5 2014

New High Court judges deployed to duty stations


Four out of the six recently sworn-in High Court judges have been deployed to their new work stations.
According to a statement dated April, 29 from the Chambers of the Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine, the deployment of the new judges taken immediate effect.

Ms Patricia Basaza Wasswa was deployed to Jinja High Court, Ms Jessica Naiga Ayebazibwe to Mbale High Court, Mr David Matovu to Mbarara High Court and Ms Margaret Mutonyi to Gulu High Court.
The statement, however, clarified that the judges currently managing the circuits remain in charge. A circuit is adjudication of cases by a visiting judge for a given period of time.
“For avoidance of doubts, the deployments will not affect the ongoing preparations for criminal sessions for backlog reduction…” the principal judge stated.

The communiqué was, however, quiet about the two other sworn-in judges of the yet to be revived Industrial Court that is going to be situated in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb. The Industrial Court judges include: Mr Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye, who is the chief judge of the Industrial Court, and Ms Lillian Tumusiime Mugisha.

However, when this newspaper contacted Justice Bamwine yesterday about the fate of the judges under the Industrial Court, he explained that the court is an independent court under the Gender ministry and hence not directly under his mainstream High Court docket before referring Daily Monitor to Justice Ruhinda.

Justice Ruhinda said the Industrial Court will soon start adjudicating labour disputes as soon as they finish constructing the building that will house the court.
The deployments of the four High Court judges now brings the total number to 60. The required number is 82.