By Najibu Mulema

The number of prisoners who have no chance to go to court keeps rising by day, yet the Judiciaries poses one excuse after another.

There are over 114,000 prisoners who are rotting in jail for the last 10 years but cannot be freed or convicted because there are no magistrates to hear their cases.

That moved the chief justice to direct his men to diagnose the problem and find solutions for it.

The case backlog committee has today met with the Justice and constitutional affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire to take the ministry’s views on how best to case tackle backlog in the judiciary.

The eleven member committee chaired by the court of appeal judge, Richard Butera was appointed by the chief justice Bart Katurebe. It had to report back to him within two months with a report detailing strategies on how to reduce the over 114,000 case backlogs within the judicial system. Some of these cases date as far back as 10 years.

However, as the committee met with the ministry of justice officials, the attorney general William Byaruhanga has expressed concern about having trouble in identifying and appointing qualified candidates to fill positions of judicial offices at the bench.

Inadequate number of judges and magistrates has also been identified as one of the causes of case backlog.

On Monday this week, the committee first met with the Director of public prosecution, Mike Chibita who stressed that inadequate funding to facilitate weaknesses in the judiciary leads to a delay in disposal of cases.

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