Basing on statistics, Masaka court of appeal is overwhelmed by the number of sexual harassment cases that have sought appeal and are yet to be heard starting Monday 19th April 2021.
The total number of pending cases are forty-one of which are appeals against aggravated defilement, fourteen are against murder, three against aggravated robbery, and one against rape.
The hearings of the appeals in holding are set to be heard virtually due to the deadly coronavirus and in adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures set by the Ministry of Health.
“The video conferencing facility has been set up at Masaka court to provide a direct video link between the Court and the prisons where the appellants will be following proceedings from,” revealed Suzan Kanyange, the Court of Appeals’ registrar.
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The court believes the video conferencing hearing as consume less time and some cases date back to 2010 and 2011 but the hearings have been delayed over time which the court is trying to eradicate.
The Court’s registrar also disclosed that in the first three months (January to March) this year, the Court of appeal was able to pass judgement for at least two hundred and seventy-three cases.