By Ronald Kabuye
The Uganda law society ULS has supported the ongoing strike by judicial officers who are on strike as a demand for the executive to attend to their salary increment and other related allowances.
This has been contained in a press statement issued by the ULS president Francis Gimara which also appealed to the judicial officers to be flexible while negotiating with the executive on their demands so that save the innocent public from the pain they are going through apparently.
Courts in various areas have also remained closed on Tuesday.
“The Uganda Law Society urges the Executive branch of government to demonstrate credible and tangible commitment to resolving this matter with the urgency it deserves. The Constitution commands all organs and agencies of the State to accord support to the Judiciary to ensure effective administration of justice.
The Executive has to provide the written assurances necessary committing to the improvement of the terms and conditions of service of Judicial Officers in the short term, as an initial sign of goodwill to enable them go back to work. The budget of the Judiciary should be enhanced so that the Judiciary can discharge its
constitutional mandate and administer justice effectively” read the release in parts.
“Relatedly, we also implore the Executive to ensure that the Administration of
Justice Bill is tabled in Parliament and urgently passed as it is a springboard to
solving many of the problems bedeviling the Judiciary.
We also appeal to the members of UJOA to have some flexibility in their
negotiations with the Executive so that the innocent public does not unnecessarily suffer for a prolonged period.
Lastly, we request members of the Bar to advise their clients regarding these
developments. The Uganda Law Society will continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure that this issue is addressed without further damage to the rule of law�” it concluded
By Ronald Kabuye