Judicial System of Uganda

Supreme court: Supreme Court

Ministry: Justice and Constitutional Affairs

The constitution provides for independence of the judiciary.
The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal and constitutional court. It is presided over by the chief justice and comprises no fewer than ten judges. The Court of Appeal hears appeals from the High Court. The High Court has unlimited jurisdiction in all branches of the law (civil, commercial, family, land, criminal, anti-corruption, international crimes, and execution and bailiffs). Its headquarters is in Kampala and it sits periodically in 12 other locations across the country.

The magistrates’ courts have limited jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases. Appeals arising from the magistrates’ courts are heard by the High Court.

The chief justice is appointed by the President of the republic in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission.