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HE Museveni Appoints Five Court Registrars
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President Yoweri Museveni appointed five Deputy Registrars on promotion to the rank of Registrars of Courts of Judicature. The appointment raises the number of full registrars in the Judiciary from three to eight.

In a May 23, 2018 letter to the Chairperson of Judicial Service Commission, Hon. Justice Benjamin Kabiito, HE the President, appointed Deputy Registrars: HW Immaculate Byaruhanga Busingye, HW Esta Nambayo, HW Vincent Emmy Mugabo, HW Isah Sserunkuma and HW Philip Odoki, to the position of full registrars.

"In exercise of the powers vested in the President by Article 145 (2) of the Constitution, I hereby appoint the persons listed...as registrars of the Courts of Judicature," the letter reads in part.

The core mandate of Registrars of Courts of Judicature is to hear applications,organised sessions at their courts, endorsing entries on court files and other administrative work.


HW Immaculate Busingye (44):

She is the Ag. Inspector of Courts, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to this role, she served as a Deputy Registrar in the Inspectorate of Courts. She joined the Judiciary in 2003 as a Magistrate Grade One and has steadily been going through the ranks. The PhD candidate boasts of a Masters in Management Studies from Uganda Management Institute and a Master of Laws of the University of London specialized in Corporate and Commercial law. She worked as a consultant for Society of Women against Aids in Africa, Uganda and developed a handbook on writing wills for HIV Orphans and Widows; Rights of HIV Affected Children; Land Law and HIV Patients, and Disposal of Property after Death. She is also the secretary general of the DANIDA Fellowship Alumni and has coordinated programmes and projects carried out by the Association.

HW Esta Nambayo (50):

She has been serving as Deputy Registrar in the Court of Appeal since 2015 with her first posting being at the Commercial Court. At the time of her appointment, she was Ag. Registrar Court of Appeal. She joined the Judiciary in 2000 at the rank of Magistrate Grade One and boasts of a Masters in Management Studies, a Certificate in Anti-Corruption, and a Diploma in Managerial Problems and the Courts all from Denmark and a Certificate in Gender from University of Wales.

HW Vincent Emmy Mugabo (44):

He is Judiciary's Public Relations Officer and has been a Deputy Registrar in charge of the Mediation Registry. He is a career judicial officer who joined the Judiciary as a magistrate Grade One in 2000. He rose through the ranks to the rank of Deputy Registrar. He is the immediate past president of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association, an umbrella body for all judicial officers in the country - a portfolio he held for four years. He is also the Chairperson of the Peer Committee on Ethics and Integrity for Chief Magistrates Central Region. In 2011, he was recognized by the JLOS Integrity Committee Report for his excellent performance as Chief Magistrate Buganda Road Court in the Annual Nation Wide Field Visits. In 2012, as Chief Magistrate at the Mengo Chief Magistrate Court, he participated in the successful pilot of Small Claims Procedure, earning the Judiciary a 2013 Public Sector Innovations Award from the Ministry of Public Service - recognizing their contribution towards improving service delivery in Uganda. Since 2014, he has been at the Mediation Registry, involved in training Justice, Law and Order (JLOS) staff in Alternative Dispute Resolution focusing on Mediation. As Deputy Registrar, he coordinated the successful roll out of Mediation in High Court Divisions and Circuits as well as Magistrates Courts in a bid to clear case backlog.In 2016, he received an award from the Uganda Christian Lawyers'  Fraternity in Recognition of Professionalism and Integrity.

HW Isah Serunkuma (56):

He is Ag. Registrar Magistrates Affairs and Data Management prior to that he was in charge of Special Projects in the Chambers of the Chief Registrar. He joined the Judiciary in 1994 as a Magistrate Grade III trainee and has grown through the ranks to the level of deputy registrar. He is a member of the Uganda Young Professional Managers Association and International Association for Refugee Law Judges.His published several papers including "A Critique of the Land Act of Uganda: Challenges of Implementation and the Effect on Land Disputes" - published in Commonwealth Judicial Journal.In 2003, he presented a paper at the African Judicial Network Conference in Mali titled, "Recent initiatives taken by the judiciary in improving efficiency and effectiveness in administration of justice in Uganda." As deputy registrar Special Projects, he coordinated the implementation of the transformation program of the Judiciary and made proposals for the reform and implementation to the Chief Registrar.

HW Phillip Odoki (43):

He is a career judicial officer who started his career at the Judiciary as a Magistrate Grade One in 2000. Until his appointment, he has been Private Legal Secretary to the Deputy Chief Justice doubling as the Deputy Registrar- Appellate Mediation. Prior to that he was the Deputy Registrar Training and was able to organised 65 training activities for Judicial and non-Judicial officers both within and outside the country in diverse subjects.A man of firsts, HW Odoki was the first Private Legal Secretary to the current Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Bart M. Katureebe. In the role, he carried out research, drafted judgments, papers for presentations and speeches, took meeting minutes, managed the protocol requirements and supervised the staff of the Chambers of the Chief Justice. While serving as Chief Magistrate, HW Odoki was recognized by the Chief Registrar for his impressive clearance of cases and developing a detailed reporting tool which eventually was adopted by the entire Judiciary, with minor improvements. In 2013, still as Chief Magistrate of Mbarara, he conceived the idea of mobile courts for refugees and was the first Chief Magistrate to conduct a mobile Court at Nakivale refugee settlement. This innovation was widely reported in international media and the press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva as the best way of improving access to justice for refugees.That same year he was recognized by the Uganda Police for his outstanding Contribution towards the growth of Police and the Community.He is credited as the first Chief Magistrate in Mengo Court to introduce the case management system of allocating each case one hour thus eliminating overcrowding of advocates and litigants in the court. HW Odoki is part of the Judicial Training Institute Faculty as a facilitator on Small Claims Procedure, Refugee Law and Mediation.

Posted 7th, June 2018
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