Hon. Lady Justice Jane Frances Abodo

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

It is exactly 2 years and 28 days since I was a Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).  Prior to going to the Bench, I worked in the ODPP for 19 years. I have enjoyed this short period at the Bench as a Judge of the High Court (Criminal Division).

I am now back to my alma mater on special assignment as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of our country.  
It is with deep and profound gratitude that I thank His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, on my own behalf and that of my family, for his confidence in me.

First, for appointing me as a Judge of the High Court two years ago, and now, for this new assignment as Director of Public Prosecutions of the Republic of Uganda. This is a historic moment for me, a historic moment for the people of Karamoja, a historic moment for Prosecutors, as well as a historic moment for the women of Uganda.

I note the remarkable progress made by the previous DPPs, especially recent initiatives by Hon. Justice Mike Chibita and Hon. Justice Richard Buteera. Key among these include deepening the ODPP presence and closer supervision of prosecutors through the establishment of 16 Regional Offices across the country, construction of 32 new offices and expansion of ODPP presence to about 108 stations across the country, establishment of specialized departments among other initiatives.
I also extend my gratitude to Mr. Elem-Ogwal, the Deputy DPP (Prosecutions) and the entire Top Management of the ODPP for ably standing in the gap when Justice Mike Chibita was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court.