Judiciary to Establish Specialized Court to Handle Environmental Matters

By Leilah Bbaale
The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has revealed plans to establish a specialized Court to handle environmental matters that have become a challenge in both local and International arenas.

Justice Owiny-Dollo noted that cases of wetland encroachment, poaching, hazardous waste disposal, interference with the eco-system and depleting critical flora are some of the key concerns to be managed.

This during the Annual General meeting of judicial officers under Uganda Judicial Officers Association which was conducted via zoom.

The Chief Justice was represented by his Deputy Richard Buteera, who reported that the Judiciary Administration is working hard to ensure that Administration of the Judiciary Act is operationalized to the benefit of the judicial officers adding that so far sound progress is being made for the court users also to benefit through improved access to justice.

Justice Buteera explained that following the closure of the Execution and Bailiff’s Division of High Court in 2020 , the plans are underway to start the Environmental Division which environmentalists have always demanded.

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