Under the law, every accused person should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Due to this presumption, an accused person/suspect has the right to be brought to court within 48 hours.

Regardless of these legal provisions, we still hear of suspects who have been detained in Police custody for more than 48 hours. They can secure their release through taking the following steps:

1. App
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A minor/child (person below 18 years) can only sue in his or her name through a "next friend" as per Uganda's Civil Procedure Rules.

A next friend is individual that acts on behalf of another individual without the legal capacity to act on his or her own behalf.

Minors cannot sue personally because the law presumes that they generally do not have capacity to contract, sign documents, hire
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Nathanella Kigozi posted Oct 2 '20 at 3:58 pm
A report published by APC titled “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”, points out that technology related violence includes acts or behaviors that cause mental or physical harm or suffering. This has been normalized as part of people's online interactions.

Although not often highlighted as such, technology related violence is a form of GBV and falls within the de
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Lately, many nations have been bombarded by the rising cases of corruption. This vice has hindered lots of progress with public funds swindled and channeled away from their intended use to satisfy people’s selfish interests.

Notably, it is the persons positions of authority who are put to task with corruption mainly monitored at higher levels; and we forget the role that the "common pe
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During this period where many businesses and places of worship have closed down, many couples have found the need to have their weddings celebrated in unlicensed places.

The safest way to celebrate such weddings however, is to obtain special licenses, they should in addition to the usual requirements, prove to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs that there is no lawful impedim
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The abrupt onset of COVID-19 greatly affected the ability of people to perform contracts. It is a general rule under contract law that where a party fails to perform his or her contractual obligations, he or she has committed a breach of contract that gives rise to liability under the contract. It is therefore key for parties to contracts to identify how to manage contracts during this period. Be
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more often than not we find ourselves in a situation where our relatives or friends can no longer manage their own business or properties

Such a state of uncertainty puts the affairs of the persons of unsound mind at the risk of going to waste.

In such circumstances, one needs to take the following steps to save the estate of the person of unsound mind.

Obtain a medical report confi
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Sep 11 '20 at 9:16 am
A contract is an agreement made with the free consent of the parties with capacity to contract, for a lawful consideration and with a lawful object.

A contact may be oral, written, or both. You and I make contractual arrangements unnoticed on a daily basis simply because they are not in writing.

We lack the necessary knowledge to enforce our rights in such contracts.

For example wh
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Sep 8 '20 at 6:26 am
Presumption of innocence is a cardinal principle of our criminal law.

This right presupposes that whenever any person is charged or suspected of committing any crime, is presumed innocent until proved guilty.

It is common in every society to rush to conclusion on the guilty of the accused person. Our criminal law gives both the prosecution and the accused a chance to investigate, present
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Many times we have found ourselves erroneously submitting wrong dates of birth, age, names or at times adopt different names along the way.

This may not only be questionable in regards to one's academic documents, birth certificate, national identity Card but it may also raise doubts during your job application, when vying for a political position or joining any academic institution.

Upo
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During the COVID-19 crisis, many people have found themselves stuck in foreign countries, with with some having property in their home countries needing management, others need to enter into and perform contracts; and many of these activities require the people involved on ground.

However, this can be resolved by making use of Powers of Attorney (POAs) through which one can appoint another f
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 25 '20 at 9:29 am
Corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire
illicit benefit or abuse power for one's private gain.

Corruption may include many activities including bribery, embezzlement, ommission to perform a public duty for the purpose of illicitly and obtaining benefits for one's self.

The offeri
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 21 '20 at 8:08 am
There is a misconception of the patriarch male dominated society that women have no role in determining how the land they live on should be dealt with.

Do women have any rights over land in uganda?

Yes they do.

According to our Constitution every person has a right to own property regardless of their gender, so are the women.

Women have a right of occupation and utilization of l
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 18 '20 at 8:44 am
Adoption is the legal process by which the court's order extinguished and terminates the rights and responsibilities of the biological parents of the child and transfers those rights and responsibilities to the adopter.

Many times parents are quick to give out their children to foreigners for adoption due to various reasons ranging from poverty anxiety and the belief that their children will
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 14 '20 at 2:43 pm
There is an increase in acts of mob justice and the people taking the law in their own hands. Many ugandans have become the judges and the jury.

What causes mob justice?

According to a UHRC 2018 report, mob justice is caused by a number of issues, which include the following;

Delayed police investigations. Police has lost credibility in expediting criminal investigation including th
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Successful parties in court cases have taken it upon themselves to execute court orders without following the due process of law

The demolition of buildings, structures and gardens during day and night hours under the guise of giving effect to a court order without following due process is in itself illegal.

The successful party in a court case must apply for execution of a court order
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Recent news has revealed that Uganda has recorded over 21,000 child abuse cases since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda. This is in reference to; https://bit.ly/31BtPwF

The COVID-19 period has been characterized by a great increase in the cases of child marriages, child trafficking, teen pregnancies, sexual and gender based violence; all which were worsened by the closure of schoo
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In recent times, the late singer Paul Kafeero's family has been shown in the news. They want to dig up his grave and to access his body due to wrangles relating to paternity disputes. See: https://bit.ly/2PA5Qbv

It is illegal to dig up graves without permission. It is a criminal offence called "disturbing the peace of the dead"; and can attract a criminal penalty.

Other acts that may am
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Many times you and I have been served with court documents like a Notice of intention to sue, a demand notice, a notice of claim and a Plaint.

More often than not many of us have run into a panic mode and at times ignored or abandoned such correspondences simply because we don't know what to do.

Whenever you are served with a any document from a law firm or a court of law, simply contact
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The Presidential directive to lock-down the Country upon the onset of COVID-19, was helpful in curbing its spread, but has impacted negatively on young girls. The well-being of many Ugandan girls is at risk with the increasing numbers of defilement, teenage pregnancy and early marriage victims. Young girls are many times idle, which predisposes them to sexual activity.

According to mini-surve
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 1 '20 at 3:32 am
Case backlog is a reference made to those cases that have been pending before the courts of law for more than two years.

There Is no doubt that Post COVID 19 is certainly going to worsen the already alarming situation in case management and disposal before the courts of law which have been abnormally working in
abnormal situations without hearing or determining cases save for writing and
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Aug 1 '20 at 3:28 am
An arrest is a deprivation of a person’s liberty for purposes of compelling the person arrested to appear before an authority either as a suspect or a witness.

It is unlawful for police to keep the suspect in custody beyond 24 hours and prolong the questioning of that person by refraining from finally charging him/her.

Art 23(1) of the Constitution of Republic of Uganda states the
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Culture is used to justify Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) by evoking traditional beliefs and practices about how women and girls should be treated. Some of these cultural behaviours and beliefs include early marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), honour killing and maiming, among others.

Today's New Vision Newspaper (29th July, 2020) captured a story involving six girl
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The Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Lyandro Komakech was recently granted leave of Parliament to introduce the Human Rights Defenders' Protection Bill, 2020. See the motion at https://bit.ly/3eZUnMH

Human rights defenders (HRDs) are defined by the United Nations as “people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights”. They also play an esse
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Kabugo Sulaiman posted Jul 25 '20 at 8:57 am
Save for the constitutional rights clearly stipulated under the Constitution of Uganda, there are also duties imposed on every Ugandan to oblige. These duties include the following;
(a) To be patriotic and loyal to Uganda and to promote its wellbeing;
(b) To engage in gainful work for the good of that Citizen, the family and the common good and to contribute to national development;
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The current status of the reach of justice in Uganda is greatly wanting. For someone to risk their health to see justice delivered to another person's door step is speaks so much.

With the Legal Aid Law in place, people seeking justice would ably and comfortably access it. This is among the many other justifications for passing the Law.

We urge the responsible stakeholders to ensure
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Torture is the practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment either to force them to say something or refrain from doing something.

Articles 21 and 44 of Uganda's Constitution particularly prohibits torture, cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Some security operatives have engaged in acts of torture against those they believe to be in opposition to th
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recent by Nathanella Kigozi  ·  Jul 23 '20 at 2:55 pm
It is not news that many times you and I have found ourselves in a financial difficulty.

Some of us have opted to run to money lenders for financial bail out.

The money lenders take advantage of borrowers who at this point in a serious financial crisis and end up being permanently deprived of their properties.

One should therefore take the following precautions before taking out a lo
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Yes we need the legal aid law urgently passed by the 10th parliament for the following grounds:

The global pandemic of COVID 19 has has had a devastating impact on the economy leaving the small income earners crippled with no means to pay for legal services than ever before but rather left to benefit from the legal aid law for access to justice


Thousands of lawyers, advocates and parale
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The proposed Legal Aid Law will not only benefit the poor and vulnerable. It will also benefit the following:

The Government: The law will facilitate faster disposal of cases and consequently, the de-congestion of prisons and the Government will be able to cut down on the costs of feeding the currently high number of prisoners.


The Judiciary: The law will facilitate the right to a fair
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