Courts, its officers, decisions cannot be described as useless - Judiciary

Courts, its officers, decisions cannot be described as useless - Judiciary

By Daniel Muwanguzi, Kampala

The Judiciary’s attention has been drawn to a video clip circulating on different social media fora in which an advocate, Mr Steven Kalali, describes a section of the courts of judicature as useless. 

In that video, Mr Kalali equally describes the decisions made by a section of judicial officers as useless. He also uses derogatory and demeaning language to that class of Judicial Officers which is a direct attack on the Judiciary!

The Judiciary is dismayed with the utterances of Mr Kalali who incidentally practices in he Judiciary is dismayed with the utterances of Mr Kalali who incidentally practices in the said courts and before the same judicial officers he describes as useless.

Suffice to say, the Courts of Judicature are established by law specifically under Article 129 of the 1995 Uganda Constitution. The Courts of Judicature include the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and such other subordinate courts that include the Magistrates Courts established under the Magistrates Court Act Cap. 16.

The jurisdiction and exercise of judicial power is equally provided for by law. In exercise of judicial power, the courts do so in the name of the people and in conformity with the law, values, norms and aspirations of the people. It can therefore not true that the court that are established by the supreme law are useless, neither can the judicial officers or their decisions be described as such.

As an advocate, Mr. Kalali should be aware of the remedial measures to be taken by a party dissatisfied by a decision of Court. It would thus be unethical for an advocate to take the course of direction Mr. Kalali took in addressing his concerns.

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