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Uganda: Judicial Independence Reaffirmed

JUDGES of Uganda’s constitutional court have come to the rescue of two judicial colleagues: the two judges of that country’s industrial court were appointed for a five-year term, while the constitution says judges must have permanent, pensionable appointments. The two judges petitioned the court for help after they had no satisfaction when they raised the matter with the attorney-general. The court agreed that it was unconstitutional to appoint judges for a short-term period and that this could impact on judicial independence.

JUDGES of Uganda’s constitutional court have come to the rescue of two judicial colleagues, finding that the statutory five-year limited term of office of the industrial court bench undermined judicial independence and was unconstitutional and therefore invalid.

Customary Law Bibliography

The Chair in Customary Law at the University of Cape Town and SEARCWL (Zimbabwe)  compiled this bibliography of Customary Law sources - secondary materials as well as case law.  The Bibliography currently encompasses primarily South African material, but our intention is to grow its regional scope. 

The Chair in Customary Law at the University of Cape Town at the time of compilation was Prof. Chuma Himonga.  The Director of SEARCWL at the time of publication was Prof. Stewart.

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