The East African Court of Justice has extended its gratitude to the Ugandan Judiciary for the great reception extended to the Court during its month-long court session which was hosted at the Commercial Court.
This was communicated by Hon. Justice Nestor Kayobera, President of the East African Court of Justice(EACJ) during a press briefing at Commercial Court to communicate the close of the Ugandan session.
The Judge President of the EACJ said on the whole, the Court has handled 40 cases during their stay in Uganda.
He thanked the Ugandan Judiciary for the stellar internet connectivity that enabled the Court to livestream all their Court sessions unhampered.
Hon. Justice Kayobera thanked the Ugandan government especially President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who closed the EACJ Conference. He applauded the Chief Justice and the management of the Commercial Court for availing all the necessary facilities during the Session.
The Judge President thanked the head of the Division, Hon. Justice Stephen Mubiru and his Deputy, Hon.Lady Justice Anna Mugenyi for ensuring that the Sessions run uninterrupted.
He noted that the Court will continue to implement its resolve to ensure that they hold rotational sessions in partner States.
The Principal Judge of the EACJ, Hon. Justice Yohane Masara, thanked the Ugandan Judiciary for their generosity in ensuring that their generosity that ensured that the Court had a pleasant stay.
In terms of performance, he noted that the Court of First Instance accomplished more than 90 per cent of what it set out to do. “We had 23 cases comprising of references, claims and applications. We had five scheduling conferences and parties will be notified of the next stage. There were five applications; one was struck out and the other was withdrawn. We had three references and dates of judgement will be issued on notice,” Hon. Justice Masara said.
Adding that the Court delivered three judgments and two rulings while another was deferred and will be delivered on notice.
He said the Court leaves Uganda with fond memories.
The Deputy Head of the Commercial Division of the High Court congratulated EACJ upon completion of the Session. She said it was an honor for the Commercial Court to have hosted the Court.
Hon. Lady Justice Mugenyi extended her appreciation to the Judiciary management for supporting the Commercial Court to successfully host the sessions. She noted that it was a great learning experience.
Gift Giving Ceremony
One of the highlights of the presser were the tokens of appreciation extended to different Judicial Officers. The Judge President gave gifts to the Chief Justice, Judges; Hon. Justice Stephen Mubiru and Hon. Lady Justice Anna Mugenyi, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Judiciary, Dr Pius Bigirimana, the Chief Registrar, HW Sarah Langa Siu, the Deputy Registrar of the Commercial Court, HWJuliet Harty Hatanga and the staff of the Commercial Court for their exceptional support.
Hon. Justice Mugenyi received the gifts on behalf of the Chief Justice, the Head of the Commercial Court and for the PS/SJ. The Judiciary Public Relations Officer who was commended for spearheading the publicity component of the Session for a job well-done received the Chief Registrar�s gift. HW Mastulah Mudondo received the gift on behalf of the Commercial Court Deputy Registrar while the Court Librarian received the plaque on behalf of the court staff.