Justice Centres Uganda was at the heart of the protracted legal battle that saw the release of seven inmates from Fort Portal Government Prison Main – Katojo. The inmates who had been found innocent on grounds of insanity had been languishing on remand for years pending Minister’s Orders. Of the seven (7) inmates; four (4) were unconditionally set free after having gradually regained their mental stability while on medication; while three (3) were released from Prison and referred to Butabika Major Hospital for Mental Health to receive specialised care. Initially, there were 8 inmates represented by JCU but one, Sande…
Though Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) and Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) might have different mandates, their end goal is similar, which is, to ensure that vulnerable individuals and communities are empowered and protected from any injustices that may come their way due to their status/ condition and that if they do face such injustices, they do have recourse to commensurate remedies without fear, delays or any other hurdles. Therefore, in the spirit of collaboration, JCU and EOC members decided to hold a meeting in which they would be able to network and find ways in which they could cooperate. In that…
Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) through her Prison Decongestion Programme (PDP) represented 29 (26 men, 3 women) death row convicts who were beneficiaries of the Suzan Kigula Supreme Court judgment, Constitutional Appeal No.3 of 2006, but were still languishing in Luzira Maximum Prison as a result of their missing High Court files. JCU took on the matter in March 2016 on the request of the Honourable, The Principal Judge, Justice Dr. Bamwine. The death row convicts were represented in mitigation sessions before Hon. Masalu Musene at the High Court – Kampala. After JCU intervention, all 29 death row convicts had their…
Justice Centres Uganda recently concluded a media road trip across the country for members of the media fraternity in Ugand. The media road trip was an opportunity for representatives of various media houses in Uganda to embark on multiple field visits of Justice Centres installations across the country and get first hand experience of legal aid service provision. This activity was built on the success of the Justice Centres media workshop held in August 2015 where JCU officials engaged the media on various legal aid issues. The objective of the road trip was to give the media access to a…
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