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Kadaga Optimistic of Systematic Justice Dispensation as EACJ Conference Kicks Off

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Rt. Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the Minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs said that the annual East African Court of Justice Judicial Conference is an opportunity to devise mechanisms for ensuring systematic dispensation of justice at both the national and regional levels. 

While she officiated opening of the 2nd Annual East African Court of Justice Judicial Conference (EACJC) at Méstil Hotel in Kampala, Kadaga said it is an obligation of partner states under Article 126 of the Treaty to enhance cooperation in legal and judicial matters through harmonization of legal trainings, certification and standardization Court judgements of courts as well as publication of law reports for jurisprudential purposes.

“This conference seeks to strengthen collaboration between the national judiciaries and the East African Court of Justice, increase awareness among the judges, judicial officers and  legal practitioners in the region on their role in enhancing access to justice by the citizenry” she said.

Some of the judges from the East African Community pose for a group photo at the Conference

The Annual EACJC, one of the events that spear head proceedings of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) was established in 2021 as a mean of popularizing and bringing the Court closer to the people.

Kadaga pledged that Uganda’s committed to supporting the East African Court of Justice and the East African Community integration agenda particularly through observing her obligations under the Treaty.

“It is our cardinal duty as citizens of Uganda to make the EAC regional integration a reality through entrenching the spirit of good governance and rule of law” she articulated.

The EACJ is expected to begin its proceedings on November 2nd at the Commercial Court and according to Kadaga enough preparations have been made.

Held under the theme “Transforming access to justice in the East African community,” the conference will be convened for three days with President Yoweri Museveni expected to close it.

Some of the Judges attending the Conference

Hon. Justice Nestor Kayobera, the president of EACJ said that, at initial start in November 2001, the court spent 4 years without any single case filed. He is however, grateful that the four years’ time allowed the Court set its feet on ground Under which it drafted and adopted its Rules of Procedure. 

“Today, the story is different, the Court has two divisions, Currently with six Judges serving at the First Instance and five at the Appellate Division hence a flourished growth in the 21 years of its existence, ” he said.

Justice Nestor however, noted that despite the achievements, the Court over the years has experienced limited and inadequate budgetary allocation.

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