Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo yesterday (20th June) opened up a plea cut price camp for the Acholi and Lango sub-regions at a ceremony held at Gulu Primary prison as the Judiciary continues to phase up efforts to lessen scenario backlog and improve efficiency.
The plea deal camp which will last a 7 days, the Main Justice reported, is meant to accelerate the expedition of Justice in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions.
Atleast 500 instances from the High Court circuits of Gulu and Lira are expected to be managed for the duration of the process, the Judiciary mentioned.
Less than plea deal, persons accused of committing crime are permitted to negotiate how their conditions must be concluded but generally plea bargain success in lenient sentences for the accused.
The prosecution in order to help save time, lessen case load, preserve means and enhance the conviction level trades off lenient sentences or lessened rates for an accused’s responsible plea.
It is a “mechanism for decongesting prisons,” the Chief Justice stated.
About 3500 persons have been removed from remand to conviction in the last 5 decades that plea bargain has been implemented in Uganda.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director of Community Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo lauded inmates for collaborating in the plea bargaining method but was quick to stage out that the inmates should not mistake plea bargain for forgiveness.
She emphasised that plea deal still entails punishment and the goal remains to dispense Justice.
Abodo highlighted that it is not up to the inmates to decide their sentences but relatively their prosecutors.
Through this plea discount camp, Gulu Resident Choose, Alex Ajiji Mackay and the plea cut price focal Choose Jane Okuo will tackle money offences whilst Magistrates from the two circuits will deal with petty offences.