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Specialised anti-corruption courts: Uganda

The Uganda High Court has an Anti-Corruption Division (ACD) with original jurisdiction over all corruption and related cases. The main rationale for its establishment was the speedier resolution of corruption cases, and by that measure the ACD has been successful. Court user meetings at the ACD and joint trainings with prosecutors have improved mutual understanding and the quality of prosecutions. However, a backlog at the Court of Appeal leads to delays and the withdrawal of witnesses, an issue that could be addressed by extending specialisation to the appeals level.

This brief is part of a series of case studies on special anti-corruption courts. The case studies discuss the courts’ design and whether they have lived up to the expectations that led to their establishment. We draw lessons for their particular country context, but also specialisation of courts more generally.

These case studies will be complemented by a forthcoming issue paper discussing and comparing specialised anti-corruption courts around the world.

8 July 2016
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Specialised anti-corruption courts: Uganda

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Schütte, S.; (2016) Specialised anti-corruption courts: Uganda. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2016:5)

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About the author

Dr. Sofie Arjon Schütte leads U4’s thematic work on the justice sector, including specialised institutions like anti-corruption agencies and courts. Previously, she worked for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia and the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission and has conducted workshops and short-term assignments on corruption in more than 15 countries. She is editor of the series of U4 publications on anti-corruption courts around the world.


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