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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

THE 2ND JOAN KAGEZI MEMORIAL LECTURE

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The 2nd Joan Kagezi memorial lecture was held on the 13th of April 2017 at Hotel Africana, Nile Hall, Kampala under the theme “Addressing Challenges in the investigation and prosecution of cases sexual violence in conflict situations”

 

The lecture was presented by Mr. William Narus, Resident Legal Advisor of the United States Department of Justice.

 

The Annual Joan Kagezi Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2016 by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in commemoration of the contribution made by the Late Joan Kagezi (Ag. Asst. DPP) to the delivery of criminal Justice in Uganda. At the time of her death on 30th of March 2015, she was the Head of the International Crimes Department, which among others, was responsible for cases of sexual violence in conflict situations.

 

One of the cases that the Department was handling at the time was that of Uganda versus Kwoyelo Thomas Alias Latoni who is currently indicted before the International Crimes Division of the High Court for War crimes and crimes against humanity. The crimes occurred within the context of an armed conflict in Northern Uganda between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and the Government of the Republic of Uganda between the years 1987 to about 2006. The accused was a Senior Commander in the LRA under the overall leadership of Joseph Kony, and was one of the LRA Commanders who was responsible for the attacks which took place in Kilak County, now Amuru District.

 

During the conflict in Northern Uganda, sexual violence was one of the weapons of war used particularly against women and children. In the course of investigations in the Kwoyelo case, evidence was secured that supported the offenses of Procuration of unlawful carnal knowledge, inhumane treatment and rape. The indictment against Kwoyelo was amended to include six counts of SGBV, which had not featured on the initial charge sheet. The focus had been on investigating and prosecuting the cases of murder, kidnap with intent to murder, causing serious injury to body etc. under the Geneva Conventions Act and the Penal Code Act.

 

Apart from the Kwoyelo case, there are other investigations into similar cases and expected prosecutions resulting therefrom.

 

Without doubt, the capacity of law enforcement agencies and other State organs to detect and adequately respond to these cases needs to be enhanced.

 

Problem statement:

 

It has been realized that although there is glaring evidence that cases of sexual violence were rampart during the Northern Uganda conflict, these are not adequately addressed either due to logistical challenges hampering evidence collection or other unique challenges encountered in handling these crimes and establishing their elements. Furthermore, the survivors of Sexual Violence often suffer acute physical and psychological trauma that require redress, else it has a destabilizing effect on the survivor and the community. There is also need to protect them from secondary trauma or victimization while encouraging their participation in the criminal justice processes. This is in spite of the shame, humiliation and stigma that may be associated with their circumstances. A safe system that protects and supports them once they have taken the decision to report the crimes committed against them must also be established.

 

 

 

 

THE ODPP STAFF ATTEND A COLLOQUIUM FOR PROSECUTORS WITH SUPPORT FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AT HOTEL AFRICAN.

Under the theme “Strategies for Addressing Changing Crime Trends

 (Hon Minister Speech)

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the colloquium for prosecutors and members of the senior administration staff in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

I commend the organizers, both from the ODPP and the United States Department of Justice for facilitating the coming together of the staff, not only to share experiences but also to acquire knowledge from a host of speakers with whom we share the quest for justice.

The theme of the colloquium is “Strategies for Addressing Changing Crime Trends”. This theme could not be more apt given the ever evolving nature of crime in an information age facilitated by rapid advancement of technology.

The several challenges emanating therefrom call for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to address the emerging and ever evolving threat of crime both organized and ordinary. This can be achieved by transfer of knowledge through sharing ideas, experiences, observations and concerns among others. The overall objective being to enhance Criminal Justice delivery in Uganda. This colloquium contributes to achievement of that objective.

A robust justice system is the bedrock for economic development and transformation. The economy cannot thrive if citizens and investors have no confidence in the rule of law and the important protection from lawlessness accorded by an effective and efficient justice system. The government objectives regarding administration of justice are:-

1.     To improve the legal, policy and regulatory environment to make it conducive for doing business to create wealth and employment. This is to be done through interventions such as strengthening the independence of the ODPP to administer Criminal Justice.

2.     To enhance access to JLOS services particularly for vulnerable persons, by developing JLOS infrastructure to facilitate service delivery as well as empowering the citizenry to demand and access JLOS services.

3.      To promote accountability and observance of human rights so as to increase public confidence in and satisfaction with the administration of justice.   

The fight against terrorism and transnational organized is particularly important to ensure a conducive investment environment to spur economic growth. The government recognizes that if not effectively combatted, lawlessness could severely compromise all other development goals including economic growth and thus hamper our vision to transform the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.

Yet today, some of the greatest challenges posed to our country arise from terrorism and transnational organized crime. From trafficking in persons to drug trafficking, illicit trade in wildlife antiquities, child pornography and international money laundering, recent advancements in transportation aided by porous borders in the region have greatly aided the escalation of transnational crimes in the region and Uganda.

It is therefore incumbent upon all institutions in the Justice, Law and Order fraternity to stand up to the task and ensure that law and order are enforced. The office of the DPP is an important stakeholder in this process. I am however cognizant of the fact that administration of Criminal Justice is not a preserve of the ODPP and the contribution by all the other institutions in the Justice Law and Order Sector as well as the development partners is highly commended.

In this endeavor, regional and international cooperation is inevitable for the world is now but one large global village intricately interconnected by communication technology, trade and commerce and an efficient transportation system. Luckily for Uganda, we have strived to achieve and maintain cordial relations with our neighbors in the region and internationally. We value the partnerships and support of our neighbors in the region and internationally to stamp out the ever transforming scourge of transnational crime and terrorism. Through arrangements for mutual legal and administrative assistance, we have successfully denied criminals a safe haven in our country and our region.  The government encourages and supports more robust commitments for cooperation in criminal matters internationally and within the region.

I want to assure the ODPP of the commitment and support of the government and my ministry to ensure that you are adequately facilitated to fully discharge the constitutional mandate of your office. Nevertheless, administration of justice is an expensive venture which the Government of Uganda cannot undertake alone, given its several and equally competing priorities amidst limited resources. I therefore on behalf of the government wish to extend our gratitude to the United States Department of Justice for their continued financial support to the ODPP.  

I want to thank the resource persons with whom you are going to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise and it is my sincere hope that the discussions held here for the next three days will further the fight for justice, in a bid to create a crime free society.

I would like to thank you all for your service to your country, and I call upon each and every one of you to soldier on, especially those charged with prosecuting cases of terrorism and other trans-national crimes. Thank you all for coming to be a part of it, and now is the opportune time to declare this colloquium open.

I thank you all.

For God and My Country

 

 

 

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, HON KAHINDA OTAFIIRE AT THE LAUNCH OF THE OFFICE OF THE DPP COMPUTERISED PROSECUTION CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (PROCAMIS) AT IMPERIAL ROYALE HOTEL.

 

(Hon. Minister’s Speech)

 

It gives me the greatest pleasure to be here this morning, to launch a computerised case management system for the office of the DPP and to launch the new DPP logo.

In March 2010 Uganda launched the NDP succeeding the PEAP, as the overarching national development frame work. The NDP stipulates the countries’ medium term strategic direction, development priorities and implementation strategies.

Within the NDP 2 the Office of the DPP is anchored in Objective 7 which is “STRENGTHENING GOOD GOVERNANCE, DEFENCE AND SECURITY”. The NDP 2 elaborates that this objective will be assessed based on the quality of socio economic and political governance; economic and corporate governance; the quality of democracy and the level of security.

The NDP 2 recognises the administration of justice, law and order as an instrument for realising growth and social economic development. Thus, the plan acknowledges JLOS in which DPP is a major player as a key enabling sector for realising increased national growth, employment and prosperity.

Government acknowledges that the Office of the DPP directly contributes to the observance of the rule of law and administration of justice as well as democratic governance. The institution also indirectly contributes /or gains from the other objectives of NDP as;

·       Increasing house hold incomes

·       Enhancing availability and quality of gainful employment

·       Improving stock and quality of economic infrastructure

·       Increase access to quality social services

·       Promoting science and technology, innovation and ICT to enhance competitiveness

·       Enhancing human capital development

·       Promoting sustainable population and use of the environment and natural resources

THE ROLE OF ICT IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT;

It has been established that information is a key factor for any development process. In light of the catalytic role that information plays in national development, Government has set up a policy and legal frame work to ensure optimum utilization of this resource towards socio economic development. For Government to implement the NDP 2 and other development initiatives, timely and relevant information must be available at all levels of implementation. Developments in ICT have dramatically changed the way information is collected, stored, processed, disseminated and used, thus making it the most powerful tool for modernisation and development.

Indeed, ICT has been identified as one of the rapidly growing areas that have potential to leap frog Uganda to benefit from the globalised economy.

On behalf of Government I wish to express gratitude to the ODPP for embracing ICT in its day to day operations. It is clear from the remarks of the DPP and the service provider that PROCAMIS is going to improve on the operational efficiency of the ODPP in very important and significant ways. The prosecutors will be in a position to generate, process store and retrieve information in a much faster and efficient way. This will go a long way in expediting the prosecution of crimes across board. PROCAMIS will also keep case relevant information in a secure environment and avoid scenarios like that which happened in July 2009 when the offices of the then DPP were broken into and very vital information and equipment were stolen.

Given its role in the contributing to the NDP2  and in the promotion of good governance and in promotion of the rule of law out lined earlier, the acquisition of ICT and PROCAMIS in particular by the ODPP means that the public will henceforth expect and  get improved services in among other areas, the following;

·       Faster and more efficient prosecution of all criminal offences in general and serious crime in particular.

·       Generation and maintenance of more accurate and reliable case statistics that can be deployed in national planning and budgeting.

·       Improved and robust case management for the prosecutors

I also wish to congratulate the DPP Justice Mike Chibita for having championed many useful initiatives in the office which include the creation of regional offices to bring prosecution services nearer to our people and for spear heading and overseeing the development and now launch of an ICT based case management system that will no doubt go a long way in revolutionising case management and the enforcement of criminal justice for the people of Uganda.

With these few remarks, it is now my singular honour to do the following:

 

(1) Launch the new Dpp logo

(2) Launch the PROSECUTION  ODPP CASE ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

 

 

 

ODPP, with support from the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) held the 1st Memorial Lecture in honor of the slain Senior Principal State Attorney, JOAN NAMAZZI KAGEZI at Imperial Royale Hotel Conference Hall on 28th of April 2016

The theme of the Lecture was “Fighting Terrorism and organized crime”

and the Lecture was delivered by Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public Prosecutions of South Africa.

  

The Directorate set up the War Crimes and Terrorism Department

 

Ms. Joan Kagezi, was the 1st head of the Department of War Crimes and Terrorism, which was set up in 2008, in a bid to strengthen the efforts of the ODPP in fighting terrorism. It adopted a prosecution led investigations strategy to ensure that evidence secured was reliable, dependable and admissible in court. This involved working with the investigators right from the commencement of the case, giving direction to the investigations, identifying the critical legal issues and ensuring that charges are supported by cogent evidence.

 

Joan’s work as head of the Department saw her involved in the handling of many cases of terrorism, notable among them was the July 2010 Bombings case where about 76 people lost their lives and scores more were injured. The Al shabaab took responsibility for the bombings.  Investigations confirmed their involvement in the training, financing and participation in the bombings at Kyadondo rugby club and the Ethiopian village. After a complex investigation in which she was closely involved, 15 suspects were produced in court and charged for various terrorism offenses. It was during the prosecution of this case that Joan was tragically shot down on the 30th of March 2015.

 

She was also handling several cases involving the terrorist killings of Muslim clerics in the country, international human trafficking and war crimes including the Kwoyelo case. The latter was in respect of atrocities committed during the LRA Northern Conflict in the country. 

Joan was a hardworking and diligent prosecutor, skilled in the art of prosecution and had a strong determination to see justice delivered. 

Investigations into her murder are still ongoing.

The Rationale of hosting the memorial lecture

The lecture under the theme “Fighting terrorism and Organized crime” was intended to draw the attention of the Public to the nature of threat posed by terrorism, the different forms of terrorism offenses and to educate them on the mechanisms so far adopted nationally and internationally. It was in honor of the Late Joan Kagezi’s contribution to the fight against terrorism.

Terrorism in Uganda

Uganda has experienced several acts of terrorism perpetrated through the Lord’s Resistance Army in the northern part of the country, the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) operating mostly from the western part of the country and even from the Al shabaab militant group which staged attacks on the people of Uganda in response to Uganda’s support for the AMISOM.

Uganda and the East African region is vulnerable to terrorist activity.

Measures to combat terrorism include strengthening the Directorate’s capacity to handle cases and prosecute them successfully, sharing of information, intelligence and evidence across borders and joining efforts to work together with police, security agencies, the army, the public, international organizations and other States.

Other measures include improving identification, seizure, freezing and preservation of assets of terrorists and terrorist organizations and ability to convert intelligence information into evidence. Terrorists are covert actors whose actions result into mass murder and mass destruction.  Use of surveillance and undercover officers then become necessary. Intelligence is a primary tool to ensure that terrorist plans are stopped before taking place.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

The public is a very important stakeholder in the fight against terrorism. The first weapon against terrorism is the individual. Their eyes, their senses and their perceptions can be used to detect and combat terrorism. It was crucial therefore that the public is engaged by creating public understanding of the many faces of terrorism, and educating t

 
 

 

KAMPALA, 27 April, 2016 – The Government of Uganda and UNICEF have today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide  prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system,  in handling child-related  cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner.  

The handbook is produced by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) with technical and financial support from UNICEF as well as financial support from the Justice Law and Order Sector. The UK government provided financial support to the process through UNICEF. The handbook will be used by prosecutors and other state as well as non-state actors and institutions in the criminal justice system.

“The handbook is an excellent guide in improving the delivery of justice to children, strengthening child protection structures and helping build a protective environment for children. It will subsequently lead to the rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law,” says Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

According to the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Annual Report 2013, there were 1,256 juvenile offenders in the year 2011-12. In 2012, the Uganda Police Force arrested an average of six juveniles per 100,000 of the child population.

More often than not, prior to sentencing, child offenders are held with adults, due to lack of separate holding facilities at police stations, which increases the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. The conditions of detention are sometimes sub-standard, overcrowded and deny children their rights, such as the right to legal representation, parental access, and appropriate standards of health. Detention rarely results in the child’s reintegration and the child assuming a constructive role in society, which should be the objective of any justice intervention in line with the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

In addition, children’s cases are often processed through justice systems designed for adults that are not adapted to children’s rights and specific needs. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which Uganda signed, ratified and domesticated recognises the importance of child friendly justice. In addition, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child also highlights the right of the African child to special treatment in a manner consistent with the child's sense of dignity and worth and which reinforces the child's respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. It prohibits child labour and harmful cultural practices that put children at risk. At national level, the Constitution of Uganda sets out rights of children, including of those in conflict with the law. The Children’s Act Cap 59 further makes specific provision on the processes of arrest and charging, pre-trial detention and hearings, adopting the child rights based approach.

However, despite the existence of the mentioned legal frameworks, the justice system in Uganda is still faced with severe constraints especially as far as child protection and justice is concerned. With the existing system, children are marginalised by the limited application of a child-rights based approach by relevant institutions charged with child justice and inadequate systems and procedures for justice for children.

Regarding sexual violence, Uganda is a signatory to international and regional instruments on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) which include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, 1995, the Great Lakes Protocol on the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children 2009, the SADC addendum on the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Children (Addendum to the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development). The Government of Uganda has undertaken steps to address sexual violence by enacting a gender sensitive constitution and drafting laws that prohibit violence against women and children, including the 2007 Penal Code Amendment Act No. 8, the Domestic Violence Act, the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2009 and The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2010.

Despite these efforts on the legislative front, the criminal justice system’s response to gender-based violence falls short of the country’s international regional and national obligations to prevent violence against children and women and to ensure their access to justice. Perpetrators still escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes. Delays in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of SGBV crimes, poor case handling methods including exhibit mishandling, poor statement recording, outdated evidential admission requirements to name but a few, lead to poor case outcomes. The lowly response of the criminal justice system to the determination of SGBV cases is reflected in the ODPP performance statistics. For example, the DPP 2015 statistics show that the total number of defilement cases handled that year was 26,900. 8,176 of these were newly registered cases. About 8,000 of these cases were being mentioned in court, meaning that investigations in these cases were still ongoing. About 7,800 cases were under prosecution and only 1197 cases were concluded.

“No matter how children come into contact with judicial or non-judicial proceedings, their rights have to be protected from the time they enter into the formal justice system to completion,” Ms. Noreen Prendiville, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Uganda, emphasized.

As part of the process of the development of the handbook, the Director of Public Prosecutions appointed a task force consisting of prosecutors and members of the ODPP policy unit that conducted field consultations, which identified gaps and challenges in the implementation of a child friendly criminal justice system. The consultative meetings established that one of the main problems faced by prosecutors, adjudicators and investigators was the failure to understand and therefore apply the concept of “child friendly justice”.

What is Child-Friendly Justice?

Child-Friendly Justice refers to justice systems which guarantee the respect and the effective implementation of all children’s rights. The key issues for consideration in determining whether or not an intervention is child-friendly are:

-          Is this proposed action in the best interests of the children?

-          Does it safeguard their life and survival and actively contribute to their development?

-          Is it taking into consideration the needs of all children, without discrimination against particular groups?

-          Are there adequate resources available?


In summary this concept requires that children in contact with the law either as victims, witnesses or those in conflict with the law, be handled in a way that is humane and which recognises their legal and physical vulnerabilities. Such a system should be adapted to and focused on the needs of the child.

This hand book therefore delves into the subjects of child friendly justice, diversion, child age determination, detention of children, evidence of children, statement taking, and working with child victims and witnesses of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Crimes as well as the child justice institutional set up and mandates. It provides child justice practitioners with the basic tools of how to handle children in contact with the law.

“UNICEF pledges to continue working with the Government to promote the strengthening of all parts of the child protection system, including the justice mechanisms, to operate in the best interest of the child,” Ms. Prendiville concluded.

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Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Victim’s Rights and Victim Centered Approach

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Victim’s Rights and Victim centered approach

The Directorate through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has engaged a consultant to develop a Victim-centered approach to address victim’s rights.

The Directorate is spearheading an initiative to introduce a victim rights-centered approach to its work. This was unveiled at the consultative workshop held at Golf Course Lane on the 7th of December 2015 between DPP staff and members of the (OHCHR).

The Directorate will embark on building the DPP’s Victims’ Rights policy, ensuring that sensitivity is shown to victims’ plight and that the rights and interests of the victim are protected when engaging with the DPP’s office.

 

As part of this initiative the DPP plans on expanding the complaints desk at the headquarters and in all field stations countrywide, to include a victims’ rights Unit which will be the mechanism for effective response to the needs of victims. These desk officers will be responsible to maintain contact with victims, update them on their cases, refer them to other appropriate agencies for further handling and guide them on the legal process pertaining to their case file.

 

 

 

Compiled by;

Irene Nakimbugwe

Deputy Public Relations officer - DPP

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

The Anti-Corruption week

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Anti Corruption week

The Anti- Corruption week slated for 1st- 4th December 2015 was organized by Ministry of Ethics and Integrity under the theme; Break the syndicate of corruption. The activities kicked off by a marching parade with Uganda Prisons band from the Parliamentary grounds to City Square and then back to Parliamentary grounds. The agencies which participated in the march included, but not limited to; The Directorate of public prosecutions, Auditor General, Inspectorate of Government and the Anti Corruption Coalition- Uganda among others.

The march was flagged off by the Chief Walker, the 3rd Premier Kirunda Kivenjija who during his speech commended all the agencies for the good work and encouraged everyone to step up the fight.  

The week was crowned with an exhibition at the Anti- Corruption Court in Kololo, where agencies show cased what they had so far accomplished in the fight against corruption. The Directorate was represented by the Deputy Dpp- Mr. Amos Ngolobe who in his speech outlined the achievements of the Directorate in the fight against corruption, especially in plea bargaining were colossal sums of money have been recovered from accused persons.

 

Compiled by;

Irene Nakimbugwe

Deputy Public Relations officer - DPP

Team bonding

The Director of Public Prosecutions Justice Mike Chibita visited the regions of Mbarara and Masaka on the 27th and 28th of November 2015 respectively.

The theme of the event was team building.

On 27th November, all staff under the regional office of Mbarara converged at Igongo Culture center. Mr. John Baptist Asiimwe, the Regional officer welcomed everyone to Mbarara. And  on 28th the team met at Tropic Inn Hotel and the staff under Masaka region were welcomed by Mr. Simon Semalemba  Both regional officers enlightened the DPP about the successes and challenges of the region since inception.

The Director Justice Mike Chibita in his speech inspired all staff members to strive to do better for good things are yet to come. The guest speaker, Mr. Paul Kyama encouraged people to embrace change and to blossom wherever they are planted in both professional and personal lives.

The A.g Asst DPP, Mr. Vincent Wagona told members about restructuring and how it is beneficial to all staff.

In the afternoon, members gathered outdoors for a question and answer session which was very informative and hilarious. The day was wound up with a cocktail which was also well attended by stake holders of the justice system.

 

Compiled by;

Irene Nakimbugwe

Deputy Public Relations officer - DPP

HIV/ AIDS is not only a health problem but a development problem because it targets the most treasured resource in the workplace, i.e. the human resource.

For this reason the HIV/ Aids committee was set up as an initiative of the President’s office and Uganda Aids Commission to support Government’s program of addressing HIV issues at the workplace, among several of the interventions being the annual celebration of the HIV AIDs commemoration day. This year’s celebrations were held at the office of the Resident State Attorney, Nakawa on Friday 10th of July 2015.  

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike J. Chibita, called on the staff to take advantage of the available opportunity to receive counseling and test for HIV as “knowledge is power”. Most of the Directorate’s workforce are at a vulnerable stage and need proper information in order to take the right decisions concering their health. 

The core concerns of the DPP HIV AIDS Committee are:

  1. Know your status
  2. A stigma free working environment
  3. Zero discrimination 
  4. Care and support programs

The Committee participates in celebrations of both National and International HIV events, is involved in monitoring and carrying out support supervision in DPP field stations, distribution of literature and condoms and is currently reviewing the DPP policy on HIV and AIDS.

In partnership with Uganda Aids Commission and Uganda Cares, the staff received the following free services:

  1. HIV Counselling and testing
  2. Cervical cancer screening
  3. Hepatitis B testing
  4. Checking of body mass index

There was also a motivational talk from Dr. Watiti Stephen who took the staff through the current trends in HIV.

The Chair of the Committee is Ms. Caroline Hope Nabaasa, an Ag. Assistant DPP and Regional Officer for Nakawa.

 

Plea bargaining experts visit the Directorate for follow up discussions on the project:

The office of the DPP hosted experts from Pepperdine University on Wednesday, 8th of July 2015 at 2.30 p.m. for a follow up discussion with State Attorneys on the use of plea bargaining in the criminal justice system.

The Experts led by Professor Jim Gash, fielded questions from the Attorneys regarding various aspects of the plea bargaining pilot project that is under implementation by the Judiciary and in which the Directorate is an active player.

Some of the issues discussed related to the use of plea bargaining as an investigative tool, how the prosecutors can incorporate the aspect of compensation within the plea agreements and the role of the prosecutors as representatives of the victims of crime.

The meeting was a follow up to the 1st plea bargaining conference that was held the previous day at Imperial Royale Hotel. Visit the JLOS Website on www.jlos.go.ug for further information on this.

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