The Constitutional Court has suspended the operations of the Anti-corruption Court until a pending petition challenging its composition is heard and disposed off.
The three judges of the Constitutional Court, Justices Steven Kavuma, Remmy Kasule and Augustine Nsiime heard an interim application filed by lawyer Davis Wesley Tusingwire challenging the inclusion of magistrates in the Anti-corruption Court which is a third division of the high court.
Tusingwire’s application was filed with the Constitutional Court on 7th February this year through his lawyers Muwema & Mugerwa company advocates.
In suspending the court, the judges held that their decision will not have any effect on already decided cases and that only the continuing cases should be stayed until the petition is disposed of.
Currently there are over 200 cases before the Anti-corruption Court with many other suspects also on remand for cases involving corruption.
The Anti-corruption court is a branch of the High Court.
The High Court is established by article 138 of the Constitution and its composition is provided for in subsection (1) of the same article.
According to the article, the High Court shall consist of the principal judge and such number of judges of the high court as may be prescribed by parliament.
The court was established in 2008 to deal with corruption cases.