President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has told Judges that justice can be served with or without money.
The President was addressing Judges of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court at their 24th Annual Judges Conference in Kampala on Monday.
The President’s statement followed Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo’s speech in which he observed that due to inadequate funding to the judiciary, it does not enable them recruit the required number of judicial officers and taking justice closer to the people.
Mr Museveni said that the three arms of government will need to agree on the issue of prioritization depending on the available resources.
The 24th Annual Judges Conference is held under the theme “The Judiciary Transformation Agenda: Enhanced Access to Justice.”
Chief Justice Dollo said that the average caseload per judge of the High Court is currently 945 cases and appealed for a caseload of 300 cases per judge.
The national budget for next financial year 2023/2024 is projected at 49.98 trillion compared to the 48.13 trillion got the current financial year 2022/2023.
While the Judiciary drafted a budget of 565 billion this financial year, only 381 billion was allocated.