JTI trains staff on Small Claims Procedure

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KAMPALA – The Judicial Training Institute held a two-day training for both Judicial and non Judicial staff on Small Claims Procedure (SCP).

More than 57 staff, including Chief Magistrates, Magistrate Grade One, clerical officers and process servers, were drawn from areas where SCP was rolled out.

While flagging off the training, Court of Appeal’s Justice and Chairperson of the SCP Implementation Committee, Geofrey Kiryabwire, stressed the need for training in the Procedure.

He shared that SCP arose out of the need to address the needs of the poor, low-income earners and small business owners who need quick and affordable access to justice.

Justice Kiryabwire said participants were key persons in the implementation of SCP because of their roles as provided for by the Rules.

He appealed to the participants to embrace and promote the usage of Small Claims Procedure.

“I implore you to encourage the use of SCP at your courts beacuse it is one of the most commended innovations in taking justice to people and reducing case backlog,” he said.

Justice Kiryabwire also commended the SCP Secretariat team for the work well-done in training Judiciary staff and carrying out public sensitizations in the different regions of the country.

The Ag. Assistant Registrar SCP, Lillian Bucyana, encouraged the participants to pay keen interest in the training so that they can train others at their stations. She urged them to always file returns so that the successes and challenges of SCP can be well captured.

The Deputy Registrar Training, Moses Gabriel Angualia said the goal of the training was to introduce the implementers to the Rules that govern SCP as well as equip them with the necessary skills in case management systems and data management. He said this will enable them to apply the rules properly in their respective magisterial areas.

The training was facilitated by Justice Boniface Wamala, HW Jackline Kagoya alongside system administrators/statisticians led by Senior Information and Technology Officer, Mr Joseph Sinabulya.

They gave an over view and background of SCP in Uganda, application of the SCP Rules S.I No.25 of 2011, practical aspects of SCP, SCP data management and statistical reporting.

A moot court session was held where participants shared ideas on how the Rules and their implementation can be improved for the effective delivery of Justice.

Thereafter, participants were awarded certificates of participation in the exercise.

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