The head of the Commercial Division of the High Court, Justice David K. Wangutusi, has urged Mubende and Mityana district Leaders to embrace mediation as a cost effective, speedy and efficient alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
The judge made the call on Thursday at the opening function for meditation skills training for Mubende High Court Circuit on at Enro Hotel, Mityana.
“Mediation does not only reduce the huge case backlog in the Courts of Judicature but also maintains relationships of the parties,” he said.
He encouraged the leaders to embrace small claims procedure as it provides greater access to justice. This is a civil claim whose subject matter value does not exceed Shs10 million. For example, the small claims procedure (SCP) can be used for matters arising out of the supply of goods, debts and rent.
The participants included district chairpersons, resident district commissioners, community development and probation officers, religious leaders, opinion leaders and advocates of Mubende, Kassanda, Mityana and Kiboga districts.
Mubende district chairperson Kibuuka Bazigatirawo Amooti disclosed that though he had been doing mediation in his district he did not have the necessary skills and thanked the judiciary for providing an opportunity to the leaders to acquire mediation skills.
The course coordinator his worship, Kisawuzi Elias Omar the Registrar in charge of mediation express the need for mediation which could help parties settle their disputes out of court.
He encouraged the leaders in the region to sensitize the communities about mediation using all avenues like radio stations promised that more mediation skills training will be extended to other parts of the country in the future.