Mbarara: Court of Appeal to Handle 40 Criminal Cases in Virtual Session this Week

Justice Remmy Kasule of the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal is set to hold a virtual session at the Mbarara High Court beginning on Tuesday, to handle 40 criminal appeals.

A statement by the Judiciary states that three Juatices of the Court of Appeal including Elizabeth Musoke, Stephen Musota and Remmy Kasule will preside over the session which will be conducted via Zoom meeting technology.

The Court’s Acting Registrar, Ayebare Tumwebaze says the virtual approach will enable the Justices to handle cases expeditiously and economically as well as observing the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid.

“The Justices and counsel will physically be present at the High Court in Mbarara but their clients will participate via the Zoom technology,” Tumwebaze said.

 Arrangements have already been made for the attorneys to engage their appellant clients on how to participate in the virtual session.

The advocates are required to advise and sensitize their respective appellants on the new measures to avert Covid-19 and on the rationale for the resolution that proceedings will be conducted remotely,” Tumwebaze said.

According to the cause –list for the session, 26 to 40 cases are murder appeals, aggravated defilement (8), aggravated robbery (3) and rape (3).

Two of the murder appellants are seeking to overturn life sentences earlier imposed on them by the High Court.

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