Case backlog committee meets with the Justice Minister

The case backlog committee has today met with the Justice and constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otaffire to take the Ministry’s views on how best to tackle case backlog in the judiciary.

The eleven member committee chaired by Court of Appeal Judge Richard Buteera was appointed by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

They are to report back to him within two months with a report detailing strategies on how to reduce on the over 114,101 case backlog within the judicial system.

Some of these cases date as far back as ten years.

However as the committee met with Ministry of Justice Officials, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga has expressed concerns about having trouble to identify  and appoint qualified candidates to fill positions of judicial officers at the bench.

The inadequate numbers of judges and magistrates has also been identified as one of the causes of case backlog.

On Monday this week the committee first met with the DPP Mike Chibita who stressed that that inadequate funding to facilitate witnesses leads to a delay in case disposal.