Normal operations in the Courts in Uganda shall have to wait until the general opening of public transport, the Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, has said.
The directive is contained in the Revised Contingency Measures to Prevent and Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 in the Judiciary Circular issued on May 27.
In the circular, the Chief Justice said that the courts shall continue to hear only applications and urgent matters until there is a general opening up of public transport.
He said that criminal cases shall be restricted to plea taking for Magistrates Courts, bail applications and plea bargains across the board, and appeals for the appellate courts, and adds that the restrictions shall remain in force until prisoners are able to be produced in Courts.
During this time, each Judicial Officer shall handle not more than five cases cause listed per day and only four people should be allowed to attend court in small Court halls and 10 people in bigger Court halls.
All Judicial and non-judicial Court staff and court users must wear face masks while at Court premises, and shall observe the SOPs as established by the (MOH) while accessing Court premises, including undergoing temperature measurements and sanitization.
He adds that social distancing should be observed at Court Registries with only one person served at a time and the rest wait outside the Registry at a social distance of four meters apart.