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Principal Judge Preaches Mediation to End Disputes

Monday, 7th June 2016

"Kampala — Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine has urged judicial officials to embrace the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as a means of resolving court disputes cheaply and preciously.

Justice Bamwine told members of Justice Law and Order Sector undergoing training on alternative dispute resolution in Kampala on Monday that other dispute resolution mechanisms such as small claims procedure, mediation in civil cases and plea-bargain are less costly.

"Plant an alternative dispute resolution seed, water it and nurture it. Work towards full restoration of the respect, trust and confidence in the judicial process," Justice Bamwine told participants, adding: "the mechanisms are less formal, less expensive and less time-consuming."

"Please be our ambassadors in spreading word about mediation, plea bargain and small claims procedure. They are pro-people innovations," he emphasised.

The preaching of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms by Principal Judge who is the administrative head of the High Court and courts subordinate there to, comes at a time when the Judiciary is crippling with a huge case backlog that currently stands at 114,512.

Justice Bamwine used the same forum to urge judicial officials to 'respect' and 'be good' to the court litigants, saying they are their kings in the business sense as the Judiciary.

"Respect them, give them maximum attention. Courts of law are like places of worship, they are mostly frequented by those based by circumstances," he said."

Language: English
Contact: Anthony Wesaka

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