The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has promoted 32 judicial officers in the magistracy and registrar ranks.
The promotions were communicated at the end of last week.
The new promotions include nine Judicial Officers promoted to Deputy Registrar, five to Assistant Registrar, 14 to Chief Magistrate, one Principal Magistrate Grade One, and one to Senior Magistrate Grade One.
Also appointed is a Senior State Attorney and an Advocate as Deputy Registrar and Chief Magistrate respectively.
Among those promoted is the Anti-Corruption Division Chief Magistrate Pamela Lamunu who has been promoted to Deputy Registrar and the Judiciary Public Relations Officer, Jamson Karemani Karemera who has been promoted from Assistant Registrar to Deputy Registrar.
Others are Buganda Road Court’s Gladys Kamasanyu who has been elevated from Grade One Magistrate to Chief Magistrate, Joan Aciro from Mengo magistrates court who has been promoted to Chief Magistrate from Grade One whereas Amabilis Stella Maris who has been a senior Magistrate Grade One and is now promoted to Chief Magistrate.
Also promoted are Moses Nabende, a Grade One Magistrate at the Anti-Corruption Court who is now a Principal Grade One Magistrate whereas Ronald Kayizzi who has been an advocate in private practice is now a Chief Magistrate.
“We are delighted with the promotions because it is a perfect boost in the ranks where we have a huge caseload,” said the Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu.
“However, promotions always create gaps in the lower structure, which will need to be filled. For instance, although we have 15 new Chief Magistrates, 12 of the existing ones have been elevated to Deputy and Assistant Registrars. This means that, in fact, the number of Chief Magistrates has only gone up by 3 from 42 to 45. Also, the number of Magistrates Grade One has dropped from 175 to 165 due to promotions. But we shall continue working closely with JSC to ensure that the gaps are filled.”
The Chief Registrar said the elevated officers would be deployed soon and allowed time for transition bearing in mind the prevailing COVID-19 situation.