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NCJ Number: 150031 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Delay in the Administration of Justice: The Case of Uganda
Journal: Criminal Law Forum  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:57-90
Author(s): B J Odoki
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 34
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Uganda has recently introduced several measures to reduce delays between arrest and trial, because some prisoners have spent up to 5 years in prison awaiting trial only to have the court find the evidence against them insufficient to have justified their detention in the first place.
Abstract: The measures have included the establishment of resistance committee courts, the curtailing of committal proceedings, the holding of preliminary proceedings, the placing of restrictions on the pretrial remand period, and the expediting of hearing appeals in the Supreme Court. Although these measures have had some success in reducing delays in the administration of justice, efforts to speed up the process may prove counterproductive in certain areas and could result in other abuses and further erosion of the accused's constitutional guarantees of a fair trial. A need exists to maintain a delicate balance between speed and fairness to the accused to achieve a truly just legal system. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Court delays; Court reform; Criminology; Uganda
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