Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine

Principal Judge Yokoramu Bamwine has implored government to increase financial support to the judiciary in a bid to overcome backlog of cases.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Justice Bamwine said the case backlogs are a result of obsolete methods applied by judicial officers and lack of funds to establish more judicial centers in the country.

“Judicial service has to change with the way they (officials) handle cases if we are to make justice a reality and that is what we are working on basing on the innovations that we started in the judiciary,” he said, adding: “Pre-bargaining, mediation of minor claims among other ways will lead to clearance of some issues from courts of law.”

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Justice Bamwine noted that the APRM team has heard their challenges, and hoped that solutions would be provided after compilation of their report for improvement of service delivery.

The APRM review comes at a time when judicial officers are on strike following government’s failure to increase their salaries and also improve their welfare.