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Title:Language fair trial rights in the Uganda criminal justice system
Author:Namakula, Catherine S.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:20
Issue:1
Pages:121-151
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:rights of the accused
criminal procedure
indigenous languages
multilingualism
Abstract:This article analyses the impact of language diversity on the right to fair hearing in Uganda. The jurisprudence reveals historical and systematic language complexities as well as structural deficiencies that inhibit the capacity of the courts to ensure trial fairness. An elucidation of the position of language in the minimum guarantees for fair trial presents an existing and priority framework for promoting, protecting and enforcing linguistic warranties. Language is a key dynamic in the exercise of judicial power. It is the means through which the rights of accused persons are secured and exercised hence constituting the core foundation for justice. There is need to foster a professional standard of judicial interpreting, allocate adeaquate resources to courts of law, facilitate modern and reliable mechanisms of making the court record, and tackle national language reform. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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