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Chief justice suspends court hearings for 42 days

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo suspended all court hearings and appearances for 42 days in a bid to curb the spread of covid 19 in the courts of law

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo suspended all court hearings and appearances for 42 days in a bid to curb the spread of covid 19 in the courts of law.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo suspended all court hearings and appearances for 42 days in a bid to curb the spread of covid 19 in the courts of law

Through a circular released on Monday, the chief justice informed the public that all court hearings and appearances  have been suspended for a period of 42days as a measure of curbing the spread of Coronavirus.

“I therefore, pursuant to the powers conferred upon the Chief Justice under Article 133 of the Constitution hereby issue these revised guidelines which shall remain in force for 42 days with effect from today, the 7th of June, 2021.All Court hearings and appearances are hereby suspended for the period of 42 days with effect from 7th June 2021,”Dollo said.

He added “For cases at the stage of submissions, the respective Courts may advise the counsel/parties to file written submissions through email addresses provided by the Court. All execution proceedings and processes are hereby suspended for the same period of 42 days…,”

This came up on Sunday after the president asked companies and organisations to scale down on their employees who are physically present at their offices to avoid overcrowding.

Owiny directed the head of court and department to immediately work out a duty rota plus all Judicial and Support Staff shall work from home in their respective jurisdictions and shall be available for duty on call.

“The heads of courts and departments should immediately work out a duty rota by which Staff shall work in rotation until further directions are issued. For the courts the duty rota must include a judicial officer and very essential support staff. All Court Registries must remain open to allow filing of cases. Subject to the duty rota, all Judicial and Support Staff shall work from home in their respective jurisdictions and shall be available for duty on call…,” he stated.

Dollo also noted, “Whenever practicable, virtual hearing of cases should be adhered to, including insisting on written submissions, use of e-mail, on-line delivery of judgments and audio-visual hearings and other modes of contactless communication…,”

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