The East African Magistrates and Judges’ Association conference in Kampala has highlighted the pressing issue of case backlog within the court systems and explored strategies to effectively mitigate or eliminate this challenge.
The 20th Annual Conference, officially closed at Munyonyo on Thursday by Uganda’s Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-DolloChigamoy, centered on the theme of “Harmonizing Judicial Practices in East African Judiciaries”.
The conference aimed to align practices across East African judiciaries, ultimately improving access to justice within the region.
Discussions during the conference spanned various crucial topics, including the role of associations in the administration of justice, combating corruption in the Judiciary, banking challenges, land justice’s impact on socio-economic development, and the paramount issue of reducing case backlog.
President of the East African Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association, Justice John EudesKeitirima, emphasized the importance of fostering common standards and procedures in East African law.
The objective is to ensure consistency in legal practices across the region, allowing visitors from other East African nations to understand and navigate the legal system in host countries like Uganda.
Keitirima says they intend to harmonize all these practices within the region and hope to bring everybody on board including the new member states that have joined the region.
The conference participants deliberated on Tanzania’s successful reduction of the case backlog over ten years, considering it a potential model for other countries facing similar challenges.