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The Chief Justice suspends court hearings and appearances for 42 days over Covid 19.

By jimmy Muhumuza, 

 Kampala.

In a statement, the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo says the move is in line with the President’s directives on prevention and mitigation of the virus.

Yesterday, President Museveni urged companies and organizations to ensure they scale down on their employees who are physically present at their offices to avoid overcrowding but to ensure social distancing.

The Chief Justice has directed all courts and departments to immediately scale down operations to 30% physical presence and ensure only critical staff remain to attend to the court and office business daily.

Dollo however noted that only urgent matters will be heard during the 42 days and this should be done in court halls or open spaces at the courts.

He has also revealed that the Anti -Corruption Division of the High Court has been closed up to June 18, 2021, and all matters for plea taking at the court will be handled at Buganda Road Court.

Courts were set to hear parliamentary and Local Council election petitions but according to the Chief Justice, this will be done after the elapse of 42 days.

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