Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has banned judges from making unnecessary travels abroad.
He announced the ban while opening the annual judge’s conference at Munyonyo Hotel this morning.
According to Katureebe, judicial time is lost when officers spend time on unnecessary workshops and seminars abroad that don’t add value to court work.
“Consequently, judicial officers, will be allowed to travel abroad if the judicial calendar permits. Priority must be given to adjudication of cases”, he said.
Justice Katureebe also said the judiciary will minimise funding for foreign travels, which has in the past eaten into the sector budget and direct the money to funding court sessions and operations.
As a result of the travel restrictions judicial officials will now have to seek clearance from the Deputy Chief Justice, the Principal Judge and the Chief Registrar before submitting their requests to the Chief Justice for final endorsement.
He also urged the Judicial Studies Institute (JSI) through the Judicial Training Committee to issue a training timetable for the year to guide all courts, adding that any training activities outside the judicial training calendar should be minimised to discourage the incessant movement of judicial officers from courts to training venues.
This is the first annual judges’ conference that Katureebe is presiding over as the head of the third arm of state. The theme for this year’s annual judges’ conference is; ‘Promoting The Rule Of Law In Uganda Through Judicial Accountability And Excellence’.