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Introduction and Background

 

The Judiciary will be hosting its Annual Judges’ Conference, 2018, at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo scheduled between the 21st and 25th January 2018. This is an annual activity where judges of the courts of record meet to discuss pertinent and policy issues affecting the administration of justice in Uganda with the view to making the institution (Judiciary) more effective, efficient and relevant.

 

Theme of the Conference

The Annual Judges Conference, 2018, will be held under the theme “An Inclusive Judiciary for Sustainable Development”. This is in tandem with Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Uganda’s National Development Plan. 

General Objective of the Conference

 

The General objective of the Conference is to take stock of what the Judiciary achieved in the year 2017 and devise means of placing the Judiciary at the epicentre of Sustainable Development.

 

 The Specific objectives of the Conference are to –

  1. Share experiences between judges and Justice Law and Order Sector actors on reforms to make the administration of justice inclusive in Uganda
  2. Amplify the link between the Rule of law, the Judiciary and Sustainable Development.
  3. Share innovations in the administration of justice as implemented by the various JLOS stakeholders.
  4. Raise and develop consensus on policy issues aimed at addressing inefficiencies in the administration of justice in Uganda.
  5. 5.Explore opportunities presented by informal justice mechanisms, good governance, collaboration and technological advancements in deepening and widening access to justice for all.

 

Validation Workshop for the Draft Report on the Business Process Analysis of the Electronic Court Case Management Information System (ECCMIS) being developed. The purpose of this Workshop is gather input from the relevant Stakeholders in the process of case management in Uganda.

The Judicial Training Institute (JTI) in partnership with UN WOMEN is undertaking a project titled ‘Capacity Strengthening for delivery of Gender Responsive Justice Services in the Uganda Judiciary' . The project aims at creating an enabling legislative and policy environment in line with international standards on EVAW, women’s access to justice and other laws and policies protecting women against other forms of discrimination translated in to action. It will also address the gender gaps in delivering justice with a focus on addressing judicial officers and other justice agencies’ inability to translate gender into concrete benefits for the women. 

 To achieve this aim, one of the key output activities is to train judicial officers and Justice Law and Order actors at the national level from sampled high circuits on the use of the Gender Bench Book(GBB) which was launched in 2016 and other national and international EVAWG legislations.This particular Training will target over 40 High Court Judges and Registrars

 

The Symposium is being organised by the Judicial Training Institute(JTI) together with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) - Africa Programme, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Enforcement Network (HUREF).

The symposium seeks to offer space to legal professionals including judges, prosecutors, legal practitioners, academics and legal aid providers to examine the shortcomings of Uganda's criminal justice system in light of the country's human rights obligations and develop concrete proposals for reform

 

The Judicial Training Institute (JTI) in partnership with UN WOMEN is undertaking a project titled ‘Capacity Strengthening for delivery of Gender Responsive Justice Services in the Uganda Judiciary' . The project aims at creating an enabling legislative and policy environment in line with international standards on EVAW, women’s access to justice and other laws and policies protecting women against other forms of discrimination translated in to action. It will also address the gender gaps in delivering justice with a focus on addressing judicial officers and other justice agencies’ inability to translate gender into concrete benefits for the women. 

 

To achieve this aim, one of the key output activities is to train judicial officers and Justice Law and Order actors at the national level from sampled high circuits on the use of the Gender Bench Book(GBB) which was launched in 2016 and other national and international EVAW legislations.

 

 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:34

Training on Judgment Writing, 16th - 20th October, 2017

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Nature of the Course         

 

This course is meant for newly appointed judicial officers and those already in practice. For newly appointed judicial officers, the course is intended to orient as well as equip them with skills for writing good judgments. As a continuous professional development course for trial judicial officers, it is aimed at deepening their competencies in adjudicating disputes brought before them. These competencies shall enable trial judicial officers resolve disputes in a timely manner, thus reducing backlogs in the Courts.

 

Course Aim

 

 To develop among judicial officers the knowledge and skills of writing reasoned, fair, balanced and concise judgments. 

 

 Course Objectives

 

 This course is designed to develop among the Magistrates, Registrars and trial Judges, knowledge, skills and attitudes in:-

 

 ·         identifying issues for determination/resolution in judgments.

 

 ·         applying the law to facts in the judgment.

 

 ·         communicating effectively through court decisions and orders.

 

 ·         writing well-structured, concise, clear and well-reasoned judgments.

 

 ·         critiquing sampled judgments.

 

 Learning outcomes

 

 By the end of the course participants will be able better to:

 

·         Consider the audience for particular judgments and what impact that may have on the manner in which the judgment is written (judges should recognise the consequence of web-based publication of judgments for privacy and deciding what can be excluded to avoid unnecessary breaches of privacy);

 

·         Identify approaches and techniques to judgment writing

 

·         Identify the appropriate structure of the judgment, its content and order;

 

·         Recognise the value of “plain language” and concise reasoning;

 

·         Speedily digest and process information, identifying the important issues and evidence;

 

·         Make cogent assessments of credibility, free of bias;

 

·         Draft and deliver in good time, well- structured judgments that are clear, properly reasoned and appropriately concise.

 

·         Deliver extempore judgments in appropriate cases

 

 

 

 

 

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