The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo has in a letter asked all officials of the judiciary to shut down for 42 days just a day away from the bail application hearing for the locked supporters of the National Unity Platform party.
The judicial spokesman identified as Jameson Karemani noted the move is a warning step taken by the officials to contain the spread of the Corona virus disease which has so far left a judicial leader in Kabale Grade one magistrate court dead.
“We are closing all courts for 42 days. No court cases will be heard in the courts until the lockdown is over,” Karemani told the press. “Only urgent appeals will be heard but for the rest, the judiciary resume after the presidential lockdown,” he added.
It should be observed that June, 8 was the official hearing date for at least 17 followers of the National Unity Platform party who have been held in Kitalya prison following their arrest in Kalangala last year December. The Dollo lockdown on judiciary signifies that Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li and the others will have to serve another 42 days in custody of Kitalya till the courts resumes.
“I therefore, pursuant to the powers conferred upon the Chief Justice under Article 133 of the Constitution hereby issue these revised guidelines which shall remain in force for 42 days with effect from today, the 7th of June, 2021.All Court hearings and appearances are hereby suspended for the period of 42 days with effect from 7th June 2021,”Dollo said in the circular.
“For cases at the last stage of presentations, the respective Courts may see the counsel or parties to file written presentations through email addresses issued by the Court. All execution hearings and processes are hereby interdicted for the same period of 42 days.” he said.
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