Judiciary takes small claims procures to Eastern Uganda

By Wilson Kamukono

MBALE. Butaleja and Malaba are the newest Magistrates’ Courts to embrace Small Claims Procedure (SCP), supported by JLOS, bringing the total number of Courts with fast access to justice initiative targeting civil claims with subject matters below Ugx 10 million to 95 courts.

The small claims procedures’ launch at both Courts were presided over by the Deputy Registry of High Court Mbale, Christine Naira Mwandha, who represented Justice Godfrey Namudi.

The Grade 1 Magistrate of Butaleja, Nsobya Ronald told locals to embrace the procedure even during the pandemic. “Even with the pandemic, money transactions are still going on, rent needs to be cleared asking people to use the SCP to handle such matters.” He said

Her Worship Mwandha urged the public to embrace the initiative because it’s sufficient and affordable. She also said that SCP came to reduce the case backlog. “This initiative was introduced in 2012 and it’s here to assist with case backlog reduction.” She said

 Mwandha applauded the Ag. Registrar SCP, for her diligence with the procedure. “She is the midwife of this procedure and I applaud her for pushing this baby to all districts in Uganda.” She said

Ms. Ritah Mukundane from the SCP Secretariat said “Judiciary Small Claims Procedure is here for the grass root people. It’s affordable, sufficient and you don’t need a lawyer,” Mukundane said.

Both launches were attended by the Ag. Registrar SCP, Lillian Buchana who informed the people that Judiciary is here to deliver Justice. “Judiciary is here to deliver Justice fast and swiftly. This procedure is cheap, doesn’t need lawyers, and is sufficient.”

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