The Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo has ordered for the immediate closure of the high court chambers following a recent fire that gutted part of his chambers on April 27 this year. The wild fire believed to have been triggered by a short circuit in the air conditioning system destroyed part of the office archives and records but was eventually put off by the police fire brigade.
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Dollo, in a May 30 memo notes that more accidents are predictable if the land lord of the Kololo based supreme court offices does not renovate the building. He notes that the building is experiencing severe water leakages that might cause destruction of important court records.
“These incidents have made it unsafe to continue in occupation of the said premises without a proper assessment of the damage and effecting appropriate rectification. The landlord has been duly notified to assess and rectify the defects. For these reasons, the top management of the Judiciary has decided, and I hereby direct that the supreme Court be closed as the premises undergo renovations and rectification of defects,” Justice Owiny-Dollo writes in a May 30 internal memo.
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He however urged court staff to consider working from their respective homes as the impasse is resolved.
“While the court remains closed, the court administrator shall ensure that the security personnel remain on duty, all Covid-19 SOPs are strictly observed, all court halls and chambers remain closed, Judgments may be delivered using virtual electronic means and there’s a Justice on duty to attend to urgent matters on a daily basis,” the Chief Justice’s memo further states.