Judicial Service Commission decries poor working conditions
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has tasked Members of Parliament on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to approve its budget to acquire new office space.
The Commission has listed in its 2017/2018 budget about Ugx 1.7 billion to provide for office space to house its registry, which keeps key documents for the Judiciary, as well as for office space to accommodate its nine commissioners.
According to JSC chairman, Justice Benjamin Kabiito, the commissioners are currently housed in one room, which takes only two of them at a time.
Kabiito further said the current registry is too small and stuffed, with no windows, which has in turn posed a grave health risk to the two staff members stationed there.
Furthermore, the registry is unable to store several sensitive documents from the courts of law, forcing the JSC administration to keep them in the corridors.
Kabiito made the remarks while giving the MPs a tour of the JSC offices on Farmers House in Kampala.
Several legislators expressed concern over the state of the offices, wondering how government has failed to provide to an important institution which plays a key role in the formulation of the third arm of government.
Some of the offices had leaking ceilings, while others had no windows to provide proper aeration for the staff.
Acting committee chairperson and Kaberamaido County MP, Veronica Eragu Bichetero promised that the committee will fast track the Commission’s request and make recommendations to Parliament.
The Commission is among the least funded institutions under the Justice, Law and Order Sector, yet it is tasked with the appointment of judges and other judicial officers, as well as handling cases of indiscipline among judicial officers.