New High Court circuits created, existing ones reorganised

New High Court circuits created, existing ones reorganised
Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.

The Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has in exercise of his powers, issued statutory instrument No.94 of 2023, creating new High Court circuits and reorganising those that have been existing.

According to the statement by the judiciary, the changes will see judicial services taken closer to people.

The Chief Justice observed that the reorganisation and creation of new circuits is in line with the judiciary’s transformation agenda which will ensure easy and quick access to justice.

“The Judiciary Transformation Agenda that we are now pursuing focuses on enhancing access to justice services across Uganda. We are therefore establishing more courts to meaningfully enable the population access justice,” the Chief Justice stated.

In addition, Dollo observed that between August 2022 to date, 10 new High Court circuits have been operationalised.

This brings the total number of operational High Court circuits to 24.

The new instrument now creates 38 High Court circuits and consequently revokes Judicature Instrument, 2016, no. 65 of 2016 that had created 20 circuits.

The Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu, noted that the 18 newly created High Court circuits include; Apac, Bugiri, Bushenyi, Dokolo, Entebbe, Ibanda, Kasese and Kiboga.

Others are; Kitgum, Kumi, Lugazi, Moyo, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Pallisa, Patongo, Rakai and Wakiso.

“Of the 18 newly created circuits; Bushenyi, Kasese, Kiboga and Kitgum, which have been operational under their mother circuits, will be formally launched this quarter.” the Chief Registrar noted.

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