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Chief Justice allows inmate access to court registry

Mere Naleba
Saturday, January 18, 2014

CHIEF Justice Anthony Gates allowed a remanded inmate access to the court registry under secure escort after he wrote a letter of complaint to the Chief Justice alleging that a magistrate ordered that police refrain from escorting inmates to the court registry.

In a letter sent to the Chief Justice dated December 9, last year, Josua Natekuru claimed a magistrate stopped remand inmates from visiting the court registry after the magistrate questioned the laxity of a court clerk.

Natekuru's letter to the Chief Justice stated: "I therefore write to complain against the magistrate decision to prohibit suspects to be escorted by police to file court papers, enquire about its progress.

"I request that an order/directive be given by the Chief Justice's chambers to allow suspects to enquire or file court papers or to also visit the Legal Aid office."

In the letter Natekuru said the police escort team was capable, trained and well equipped with restraints to escort remand persons and serving inmates to the court registry and to Legal Aid Office as it was within the court complex.

In a letter of reply dated January 16, Justice Gates confirmed receiving the letter from Natekuru and stated because of "pressing business on my return meant I have been unable to respond to you earlier".








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