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Appeal Court Introduces New Rules To Ensure Speedy Trial

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 2:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As part of efforts to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice, the Court of Appeal has introduced a new practice direction.

This was contained in a statement issued by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, announcing the commencement of the court’s annual vacation.

According to her, the court will proceed on vacation on July 13th and will resume on September 11th, 2015.

Justice Bulkachuwa said the new practice direction placed emphasis on speedy hearing and disposal of appeals that border on debt recovery, corruption, human trafficking, kidnapping and money laundering.

Her Lordship said the 2015 had been very busy for the court because it was an election year.

She said that in order to avoid delay and ensure that elections were not over-burdened, more than one panel were established for states with more petitions.

As part of her commitment to further de-congest the court, Justice Bulkachuwa reiterated her commitment to the Court of Appeal Mediation Programme.

She explained that in line with Order 16 of the Court of Appeal Rules, the programme would encourage litigants to settle out of court and whatever the outcome of the mediation will be the final decision of the court.