48 newly appointed Judicial Officers at the rank of Magistrate Grade One have been deployed to different stations across the country.
The judiciary appointed the magistrates last month following a recruitment process by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) chaired by Justice Benjamin Kabiito. In a bid to take Judicial services closer to the public, the total number of Magistrates Grade One is now 212.
A media release by the judiciary indicates that the new deployments shall now make courts in Goma, Kangulumira, Gomba, Mbirizi, Kibuku, Nakisunga, and Lamwo fully operationalized since now they shall have Magistrates Grade One.
With the deployment, courts at Amuru, Apala, Kalungu, and Bugembe shall now have substantive Magistrates.
“In the first of its kind, some Magistrates have been attached to the
chambers of Justices and Judges following the review of the Judicial Structure that elevated the position of Research Officers to the position of Magistrate Grade One” reads the statement in part.
17 Magistrates have also been transferred, according to the Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu. She noted that the deployments shall take immediate effect while the transfers shall take effect from January 01, 2022.
The Chief Registrar is mandated to effectively oversee judicial operations of all Courts. The judiciary plans to have a magistrate One at every sub-county across the country.