BY NAMULI DAPHINE
The Chief justice Bart Katuleebe Magunda has appealed to advocates to give quality services to people ahead of the desire to have dispensation of justice.
Chief justice Bart Katuleebe while addressing during cerebrations to mark the Pro bon day organized by the Uganda Law Society at railway grounds in Kampala, says Legal Professionals need to ensure that vulnerable persons access justice.
Bart Katuleebe advises advocates to learn to prepare their clients by giving them guiding principles in order to get rid of case back log.
Chief Justice cites occasions when come to court ill prepared delaying court process which he attributes inefficiency of the lawyers yet ’Strong bar gives rise to strong bench’
Katurebe also cautions lawyers never to mislead public in cases they best know that it’s hoodwinking citing murder cases when a client uses money to manipulate the case yet they know the truth.
A supreme court Judge, Justice Remmy Kasule sounded rhetoric advising lawyers towards towards serving the people. He referred to an England philosopher`s statement, ‘’If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.’’
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago appealed to the legislature and government to refrain from violating constitution adding that pre-trials must be respected to defend the rule of law.
The pro bono scheme was initiated as pilot project by of the Uganda law society in partnership with the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs supported by the Legal Aid Basket Fund now the Democratic Governance Facility DGF in 2008.