The Commercial Division of High court has registered improved performance with several hundred cases fully handled to their logical conclusion in the first half of 2020.
Justice Henry Peter Adonyo the head of this Division told press that despite the Covid19 lockdown affecting their operations, they managed to dispose 1165 cases between the period of January 2020 to 21st August 2020
Adonyo said this was a great achievement in terms of performance of this court compared to the past few years as well as considering the effects of lockdown.
“During the lockdown period we handled a number of cases following the operating procedures by the Chief justice whereby many cases were solved by mediation while others were heard via video conferencing technology,” he said.
“The total value of these concluded is 2,711, 648,266,976 (Two trillion seven hundred eleven billion six hundred sixty thousand nine hundred sixty-six.”
Among the prominent cases which were dissolved included the Digital Tax matter which was between Manufacturers and URA on digital stamps and the case about the extraction of oil and gas in Uganda
The case census held at civil division indicates that from 1st January 2020, to 21st August 2020 indicated that Total number of cases pending adjudication is 5,454 cases,Registered cases are 1788, those considered backlog are 1952 cases.
The total value of all pending cases from 31st December 2020 to August are valued at (4,159,409,088,998) Four trillion seven hundred six hundred forty hundred and sixty thousand nine hundred seventy six.
Adonyo revealed that their efficiency in handling of commercial matter will help in economic development of the country giving an example of the oil case which opened the doors for the investors to join the sector.
This Division consists of 8 Judicial officers , 6 Judges and 2 Registrars.