Judiciary Issues New Guidelines on Covid Measures as Courts Reopen

High court building in Kampala

The Judiciary has reinstated Court operations on applications for execution and directed judicial officers against handling more than 5 cases cause listed on a given day.

This is contained in a June 29 circular issued by the Chambers of the Chief Justice to judicial officers on the new regulations of execution proceedings and orders during the partial lockdown due to Coronavirus. 

The new regulations follow earlier circulars issued by retired Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, guiding the courts on how to conduct court sessions in the wake of the Covid lockdown.

“Court operations on applications for execution are hereby reinstated while observing the Presidential directives and Ministry of Health guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),” the circular reads in part.

The new guidelines also restrict bigger court halls to not more than 10 people and the smaller halls to not more than 4 people.

All judicial officers and non-judicial officers, advocates and litigants will be required to wear face masks while in court.

They will also undergo SOPs of temperature monitoring and sanitization before accessing the court premises.

The staff in the court registries shall attend to clients at the registry in a social distancing manner. One person shall be in the registry at a time and the rest shall wait outside the registry at a social distance of not less than 4 meters apart.

Al judicial officers and non-judicial officers, advocated, litigants and the public shall at all material times observe the SOPs as established by the Ministry of Health from time to time while accessing court premises.

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