Supreme Court of Uganda

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The Supreme Court of Uganda is the highest judicial organ in Uganda. It derives its powers from Article 130 of the 1995 Constitution. It is majorly an appellate court with original jurisdiction in only one case; thee Presidential election petition.[1]


The Supreme Court Building is located at 10 Upper Kololo, at the corner with Mabua Road, on Kololo Hill. This is in the Central Division of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[1] The coordinates of the Supreme Court Building are: 0°19'45.0"N, 32°35'23.0"E (Latitude:0.329165; Longitude:32.589725).[2]


The Supreme Court is headed by the chief justice assisted by ten supreme court justices. However, the quorum varies depending on the type of case under consideration. When hearing a Constitutional Appeal Case, quorum is constituted when seven justices are present. In either a criminal appeal or civil appeal, only five justices are required to constitute quorum.[1]

In the absence of the Chief Justice, the most senior member of the Court presides over the sitting of the Supreme Court. The court sits eight sessions a year with a break of two weeks between sessions to do research and write judgments. It has powers to uphold decisions from the lower courts, reverse them, substitute judgments or to order for a new trial.[1]


As of 31 December 2015, the following justices constitute the Uganda Supreme Court:[3]

(1) Bart Magunda Katureebe, the Chief Justice, (2) Jotham Tumwesigye, (3) Esther Mayambala Kisaakye, (4) Stella Arach-Amoko, (5) Augustine Nshimye, (6) Faith Mwondha, (7) Rubby Aweri Opio, (8) Eldad Mwangusya, (9) Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza.

Cases heard[edit]

Among the controversial cases heard by the Supreme court in 2008, is the validity of the death penalty. The case was heard on appeal from the constitutional court. The main appellant was Susan Kigula who has since lost her appeal against her own death sentence for murdering her husband.[4] Other cases include four of the last five presidential election petitions in which the court ruled 3:2 in 2001, 4:3 in 2006, 5:4 in 2011 and 9:0 in 2016, in favor of president Yoweri Museveni's re-election.[5]

List of chief justices[edit]

Republic of Uganda[edit]

Uganda Protectorate[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Uganda Judiciary (19 October 2016). "The Supreme Court of Uganda". Kampala: The Judiciary of Uganda. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Google (19 October 2016). "Location of the Supreme Court of Uganda Building" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Uganda Judiciary (15 December 2015). "The Honourable Justices Of The Supreme Court Of Uganda". Kampala: The Judiciary of Uganda. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ ULII (2004). "Susan Kigula Sseremba & Anor vs Uganda (Criminal Appeal Number 1 of 2004)". Kampala: Uganda Legal Information Institute (ULII). Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Observer Media Limited (1 April 2016). "Judges: Why we rejected Amama petition 9 - 0". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wesaka, Anthony (22 March 2013). "Chief Justice Odoki retires". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Straits Times Reporter (6 September 1937). "Sir Roger Hall New F.M.S. Chief Justice". The Straits Times. p. 12. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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