On Thursday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo as the new chief justice.
Dollo, who is a Ugandan lawyer and judge replaces Justice Bart Katureebe, who retired after clocking the mandatory age last month. He served as the Acting Chief Justice of Uganda, since 22 June 2020.
In 2015, Dollo was appointed to the Court of Appeal from the High Court, before he was in 2017 appointed as the Deputy Chief Justice to replace Steven Kavuma.
Meanwhile, Justice Owing Dollo will be deputized by Justice Richard Buteera in the office.
It should be noted that the Constitution prescribes that a person who qualifies for appointment as Chief Justice must have served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda or a court that has similar jurisdiction for a period not less than 20 years.
The Constitution also states that a person may also qualify for appointment as Chief Justice if he has served as an advocate for not less than 20 years before a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters.