The Principal Judge Flavian Zaija has directed High Court Judge Justice Stephen Mubiru to hear 170 cases before him in the Commercial Court in 60 days.
Principal Judge who is the head of the High Court in his letter says until all the 170 cases are cleared, no new cases should be registered before him.
In a December 01 letter, Dr. Zaija says that after a meeting of heads of High Court divisions and Case Backlog Management Committee, on November 23 and 24, it was agreed that the Principal Judge writes to all High Court judges with pending rulings and judgements after the judiciary received several
In his letter Dr. Zaija says that Justice Mubiru has the highest number of undelivered rulings as of November 22.
“Therefore, in accordance with Section 20 (1) of the Judicature Act Cap 13, I hereby direct as follows;
1. Your allocated workload at High Court Commercial Division is effective December 05, 2023 restricted to only pending judgments and rulings” he wrote.
He further directed “A Judicial Officer shall promptly dispose of the business of the court…. Whereas a judgement is reserved, it should be delivered within 62 days unless for good reason, it is not possible to do so”
According to current statistics, the judiciary currently faces a backlog of 43,617 cases that have been in the system for many years.