This period was characterized by: Chronic systemic constraints that delayed and hampered access to justice and service delivery, effective planning and budgeting; Antiquated methods and tools of investigations and prosecution,; The high cost of justice due to corrupt practices and limited proximity to the justice delivery agencies by end-users; Case backlogs and high prison populations; Inefficiencies and lack of effective procedural guidelines and performance standard in Justice delivery institutions as well as significant gender-based discrimination.
To stem the tide (i.e. the above stated six constraints in the justice delivery chain, amongst others), the Justice Law and Order Sector JLOS was born!! JLOS is a sector wide approach adopted by Government bringing together institutions with closely linked mandates of administering justice and maintaining law and order and human rights, into developing a common vision, policy framework, unified on objectives and plan over the medium term.
It focuses on a holistic approach to improving access to and administration of justice through the sector wide approach to planning, budgeting, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
The sector comprises of: Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA); Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA); The Judiciary; Uganda Police Force (UPF); Uganda Prison Service (UPS); Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP); Judicial Service Commission (JSC); The Ministry of Local Government (Local Council Courts); The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (Probation and Juvenile Justice); The Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC); The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC); The Law Development Centre (LDC); The Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT); The Uganda Law Society (ULS); Centre for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (CADER) and The Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)
We (JLOS) started off with a Strategic Investment Plan (SIP I 2001/01 – 2005/06) to address the constraints and at its lapse we introduced the Second Sector Strategic Investment Plan (SIP II 2006/07 – 2010/11). Currently, the Sector is implementing the Third JLOS Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III 2012/13 - 2016/17).
The Justice Law and Order Sector Secretariat Ministry of Justice and Constitutional AffairsPlot 1, Parliament AvenueLevel 4, Queens Chambers