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Title:The Interpretation and Application of Article 126(2)(e) of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda: Desecration or Consecration?
Author:Mbabazi, Mohmed
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:access to justice
supreme courts
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Uganda. Constitution (1995)
Justice, Administration of
judicial system
Law reform
Legal protection
Procedure (Law)
Abstract:The enactment of Article 126(2)(e) of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda - 'substantive justice shall be administered without undue regard to technicalities'- was seen by all or at least by the sovereign electorate as revolutionary, ground breaking and establishing a new direction in the civil justice machinery. Unfortunately, the interpretation of the Article by the courts of justice has been contrary not only to the expectations or aspirations of the people but also to their constitutional function as courts of justice. This article critically analyses the decisions of the Supreme Court which involved interpreting or applying Article 126(2)(e). Furthermore, this is compared with the approach adopted to the application and/or dispensation of technicalities by other systems of justice, focusing on the English approach. Given the approach of the Ugandan Supreme Court towards procedural technicalities, one may wonder whether the 1995 Constitution actually guarantees the right to access justice. Notes, ref.