Stop Interference with Independence of Courts! Judiciary Condemns Threats to Judicial Officers

The Judiciary has condemned the attempts by unscrupulous individuals who want to meddle in the judicial process.

On Monday June 20, 2022, the Staff at Soroti High Court received a suspicious package with a warning letter addressed to the Soroti High Court Resident Judge, the Assistant Registrar, Counsel and plaintiffs in a court case now a subject of police investigations.

CJ Owiny Dollo

‘’This act of cowardice is an unwarranted indirect affront on the independence of the Judiciary which is protected by the Constitution. Article 128 of the Constitution provides that no person or authority shall interfere with the courts or judicial officers in the exercise of their judicial functions. The Judiciary should be left to exercise its mandate to adjudicate’’, reads a notice from Judiciary.

Judiciary urged the public to fully respect and observe the independence of the judiciary, one of the core principles of the rule of law guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, and to respect its obligations.

The Judiciary further noted that whoever wants to frighten Judicial Officers and the Courts with a view of derailing justice should be brought to book and condemned.

‘’The law provides for an appellate system for redress by aggrieved parties and as such there is no need to intimidate Judicial Officers as they dispense justice. That said, we reassure court users and the public at large that the Judiciary remains committed to administering justice to all without ill will, fear or favour’’.

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