Judicial Service Comission at Pains to Dispose a Backlog Disciplinary Cases

The Judicial Service Commission has so far disposed 240 cases involving errant judicial officers, 79 cases are still pending after the commission inherited a backlog of 431 cases.

The Commission’s Chairman Retired Justice Judge James Ogoola says the commission is currently making further investigations into pending cases; however Ogoola could not reveal the culprits in the matter, citing the innocent until proven guilty philosophy.

While speaking to the media during the official launch of a 5 year Judicial Service Commission’s Clients Charter, Ogoola said that crimes committed by the errant judicial officers pegged on corruption and delaying of justice.

Ogoola hoped that the charter back dated from 2011 and running to 2015, among other functions, will promptly address disciplinary cases.

The cases are handled by a judicial panel who make recommendations and present the cases to the JCS for the final deliberation.

In these circumstances Ogoola explains, penalties include and not limited to dismissal, demotion and salary cuts.

The Judicial Service Commission is mandated under its charter to discipline errant judicial officers by investigating, trying and passing judgment on once a public complaint against the errant officer has been made.

The charter spells that the commission must dispose disciplinary action against all cases reported within a period of three months, while those with complex nature within 6 months.

The Commission has then to make public the outcomes of disciplinary action for dismissed judicial officers in print media within one month after Commission’s decision.

However, JSC Registrar Julius Mwebembezi confirmed that of the cases disposed, no errant official has been dismissed.

Since its inception on February 2012, the Ogoola Commission has devised a new system of appointing judicial candidates to high offices.

Ogoola said apart from consultation as per previous Commissions, now candidates to higher offices must be vetted and respond to media advertisements for interviews before being considered for jobs.

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