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Sexual Offences Top Fort Portal Court of Appeal Session
Hon. Justice Kenneth Kakuru

Aggravated defilement and murder cases are topping the list of Criminal Appeals to be handled during a Criminal Appeals session at Fort Portal which kicks off on Monday (November 9, 2020).


According to the cause list issued by the Court of Appeal Deputy Registrar, HW Ayebare Tumwebaze, the Session will be presided over by Justices; Hon. Justice Kenneth Kakuru, Hon. Justice Christopher Madrama and Hon. Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja who will hear a total of 40 Appeals before returning to Headquarters to write Judgements. 


The cause list consists of 20 appeals against the conviction on charges of Aggravated Defilement while 15 appellants want the Court to quash murder convictions. Other appeals to be handled include four on Aggravated Robbery and one on Rape where the convicts want the Court to set aside their sentences. 


The oldest appeal is a matter filed in 2008where three appellants want Court to overturn a life sentence for the offence of murder. 

The Court's Deputy Registrar said the session will be held in conformity to existing Standard Operating Procedures outlined by the Judiciary and the Ministry of Health to check the spread ofCOVID-19. 


He said although the Justices and counsel will be physically present at the High Court in Fort Portal, the appellants will remain in prison but will participate via the Zoom video conferencing technology.


HW Ayebare said the Justices are more than ready to dispose off the 40 Appeals and to deliver their Judgements within 30days after the hearing. He intimated that arrangements had already been made for the attorneys to prepare their clients on how to participate in the scientific court session.                          


This will be the third external session to be scientifically conducted by the Court of Appeal since resuming business after the Covid-19 lockdown in June. The first one was conducted in Mbarara, the second in Mbale and the third one will be in Fort Portal. 


It is hoped that before the year closes, another external session for northern region will be conducted in Lira. If everything goes according to plan the Court hopes to close the year with a disposal of at least 1,500 matters, about 700 of which will be criminal matters.                           


A glance at the Courtís returns through the Court Case Administration System shows that by close of October, the Court had completed 1,293 matters as follows; 151 Constitutional matters, 627 Criminal matters, 13 Election Petition matters and 502 Civil Matters.

Posted 9th, November 2020
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