CJ Dollo suspends court hearings over COVID-19 resurgence
Written by David Gwenyemera on June 7, 2021
The Chief Justice, Alphonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo has suspended court hearings and appearances for a period of 42 days as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
In a circular he released this afternoon, Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo says the move is in line with President Museveni’s directives on prevention and mitigation of the virus.
Following the same directive, the Chief Justice directed all courts and departments to immediately scale down operations to 30% physical presence and ensure only critical staff remain to attend to the court and office business on a daily basis.
Dollo however noted that only urgent matters will be heard during the 42 days and this should be done in court halls or open spaces at the courts.
The Chief Justice has also revealed that the Anti -Corruption Division of the High Court has been closed up to June 18, 2021 and all matter for plea taking at the court will be handled at Buganda Road Court.
Regarding Election petitions, much as courts were set to hear parliamentary and Local Council election petitions, according to the Chief Justice, this will be done after the elapse of 42 days.