The Principal Judge, Dr. Flavian Zeija officially launched another plea bargain session, this time, in Gulu Main Prison yesterday.
In attendance was Hon. Lady Judge Jane Okuo Kajuga, Head of the Plea Bargaining Programme in the Judiciary, Hon. Judge Stephen Mubiru, Resident Judge, Gulu High Court, and Ms. Lucy Ladira, Technical Advisor, Criminal Justice (JLOS).
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was represented by Ms. Margaret Nakigudde, Assistant DPP and Head of the Plea Bargaining Division in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
In attendance also, was Mr. Martin Rukundo, Assistant DPP and Regional Officer, Gulu, Mr. Patrick Omia, Resident Senior State Attorney, Gulu, among other Criminal Justice stakeholders.
In her remarks, Ms. Margaret Nakigudde assured the inmates that the Office of the DPP would consider their sentence offers, but ultimately ensure that the victims of crime get justice.
The Hon. the Principal Judge informed the inmates that plea bargaining provided an opportunity for them to negotiate their sentences and get quick justice. However, he cautioned them not to participate in the exercise if they were not guilty.
This is the third Plea Bargaining Session to be launched during the COVID-19 pandemic.