Case backlog shocks new Kagadi magistrate

More than 1,500 different cases are yet to be solved in Kagadi district, the newly transferred magistrate has revealed.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday evening, Mr Benedict Lwanga Nsibambi, said that he was stunned by the case backlog that has culminated in congestion at Kagadi prison.

Now two weeks old in the district, Mr Nsibambi disclosed that records indicate that the court has 1,000 unsolved criminal cases, more than 200 pending civil cases and 300 land related undecided cases.

The magistrate attributed the surging crime rate in the district to the effects that development carries in any urban setting.

However, he assured the residents that he will handle the cases as soon as possible planning to hold regular court sittings in order to deal with the backlog.

Mr Nsibambi disclosed that in a bid to decongest Kagadi prison, he will also use community service system on convicts who deem it. 

He ordered people who were released on court bail but did not report back because of the movement restrictions that were imposed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 “to report to court within two weeks to have dates for hearing their cases rescheduled”.

The magistrate warned that whoever will not turn up within the stipulated period “will be re-arrested, their court bails cancelled and charged with failure to observe court bail conditions”.

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