The Court of Appeal in Uganda has made announcements to handle 40 criminal appeals online at Mbarara High Court starting Tuesday, June 23.
The move that has been branded ‘scientific’ will enable the Justices to handle cases expeditiously and economically as well as observing the Ministry of Health guidelines of social distancing in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.
Three Justices of the Court: Elizabeth Musoke, Stephen Musota, and Remmy Kasule, are set to commence the Mbarara session via the Zoom Meeting technology, according to Court’s Ag. Registrar, Mr. Ayebare Tumwebaze.
Arrangements have already been made for the attorneys to engage their appellant clients on how to participate in the scientific court session.
“The advocates are required to advise and sensitize their respective appellants on the new measures to avert COVID-19 and on the rationale for the resolution that proceedings will be conducted remotely,” said Mr. Ayebare.
According to the cause-list for the session, 26 of the 40 cases are murder appeals, aggravated defilement (8), aggravated robbery (3), and rape (3). Two of the murder appellants are seeking to overturn life sentences handed to them by the High Court.
Source: Press Release