The ULS Council and staff members pose for a photo after the End of Year Evaluations. The team set out to plan how to create a proficient bar association to enable access to justice, rule of law and good governance. The team is good to roll out the new Strategic Plan 2016- 2020
The Uganda Law Society and the Legal Aid Project of the Society both won two awards each at the 2016 Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards organised by CPA Uganda, the USE and CMA which recognize excellence in financial reporting and transparency of organisations in Uganda.
The Hon. Principal Judge Hon. Yorokamu Bamwine poses for a photo with the ULS President and members of the Executive Council after the ULS@60 Public lecture on The Role of the Judiciary which was held on 9th December 2016. The Hon. PJ thanked ULS for being active allies of the Judiciary
The ULS Council launched the Rule of Law Advisory Panel on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Chairman of the Panel, Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa, is seen here standing next to the ULS President, Mr. Francis Gimara
Welcome back from the holidays and Happy New Year. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and are geared up for the year ahead of us. Picking up from last year where we celebrated ULS @60 under the theme "Celebrating Our Story. Rekindling Ethical Practice" where ULS called on all its members to recommit to practicing ethically in order to restore pride to the once prestigious profession. As part of this call this quarter we intend to focus on the theme "Eradicating Corruption in the Judiciary and Upholding the Rule of Law"
We shall do this through the following ways:
Having continuous meetings with ULS members to discuss and urge you to be bold towards standing up for justice at all costs. I recently visited lawyers in Mbale and Gulu and had a discussion with them on what we can do to improve on services as a legal profession. I intend to continue with these visits to help strengthen the profession as a whole.
Further we shall be strengthening the coalition on the Independence of the judiciary and working with like minded organizations to strive for judicial independence.
There will also be robust follow up with the Judicial Service Commission to check the appointment, discipline and retirement of judicial service officials to ensure conformity with the law.
During this year's Pre-AGM we shall adopt the International Bar Association's Judicial Anti-Corruption Compact that will help us deal with the issue of corruption within the Judiciary.
During this quarter, we will also be planning to host the very first Annual Lawyers' Conference. There will be a Conference and the Pre-AGM which will take place on the 30th and 31st of March and the AGM will take place on the 1st of day of April.
If Justice is our mandate, we must protect it at all costs. I urge members to join the fight against corruption in the Judiciary, and together let us uphold the Rule of Law.