Nakawa High Court dissolved, several cases left pending

Nakawa High Court building that was built under the supervision of Ebal.

Nakawa High Court building that was built under the supervision of Ebal.

The High Court in Nakawa, a Kampala division has been phased out.

According to Yorokamu Bamwine, the Principal Judge and administrative head of the High Court, limited courtroom space and the elusive location of the court were the core reasons the Judiciary deemed it fit to scrap Nakawa High Court.

Nakawa High court has been handling cases for most of the central districts, is being phased out.

The dissolution has started and will be completed on July 1.

Justice Bamwine is quoted to have said that the two judges at the dissolved court have already been redeployed, with Justice Damalie Lwanga, going to the Land Division and Justice Elizabeth Ibanda Nahamya going to the High Court in Masindi.

He said about 20 of the support staff will also be redeployed.

He said some cases formerly filed at the disbanded court can now be lodged at the newly created High Court in Mukono.

However, its dissolution leaves the judiciary still grappling with the challenge of case backlog due to limited number of judges and courts to hear cases in time.

Statistics from the Judiciary indicates that the case backlog could be standing at more than 160,000 cases. Some cases are as old as 20 years.

Case backlog, which is a major challenge the Judiciary is grappling with, refers to the uncompleted cases that have stayed in the justice system for more than two years from the date of filing without judgment being passed.

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