Dr. Yorokamu Bamwine, the Principal Judge has made changes in the High Court, re-deploying some judges and assigning others extra responsibilities.
Justice Bamwine communicated the changes in an administrative circular No. 01. Of 2015.
The circular notes that the changes are intended to fill gaps left by some retiring judges, those on special assignments and those recently elevated to the Court of Appeal.
It also reveals that there are currently 22 vacant positions of judges in the High Court.
At least 11 extra judges are required in the Criminal, Family, Land, Commercial, and International Crimes Divisions of the High Court – each with two vacancies, and the Anti-Corruption Division with one vacancy.
Another 11 judges are required in the High Court Circuits of Lira, Arua, Masaka, Mbale, Soroti, Gulu, Fort Portal, Kabale, Jinja, Masindi, and in the Central Circuit at Nakawa – each with one vacancy.
Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi of the International crimes division is being transferred to the Executions and Bailiffs divisions as its head.
Muhanguzi has been in charge of the case in which nine Muslim clerics are facing terrorism and murder related charges.
At the Executions and Bailiffs division Muhanguzi will be deputized by Justice Flavia Ssenoga Anglin who has been transferred from the Commercial Court.
Justice Margaret Oguli who has been moved from Masaka High court to the civil division of the High court in Kampala where she will be the court’s deputy head.
She replaces Justice Elizabeth Musoke who was prompted to the Court of Appeal.
Justice Albert Frank Rugadya Atwoki has been moved from the criminal division to the High court in Masindi where he will replace Justice Simon Peter Byabakama who was recently promoted to the Court of Appeal.
Justice Henry Peter Adonyo is now the Executive Director of the Judicial Studies Institute (JSI) having been transferred from the Commercial court.
Justice Jane Kiggundu will now serve at the Family division having served as the Executive Director of the judicial studies institute; she replaces Justice Catherine Bamugemereire who was promoted to the Court of Appeal.
Justice Wilson Masalu Musene will now head the criminal division having been transferred from Nakawa High court circuit.
Justice Elizabeth Kabanda has been transferred from the Lands division to the criminal division.
Justice Jessica Ayebazibwe will serve at the lands division having been transferred from Mbale High court while Justice Damalie Lwanga has been deployed at the Nakawa High court having served at lands division.