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What does the Attorney General of Uganda do?

June 8, 2022

The Attorney General of Uganda is the principal legal adviser to the government of Uganda.

What Is The Law On Abortion In Uganda?

March 29, 2022

An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy so that it does not result

What do I need to know to avoid fraud when purchasing land?

March 7, 2022

The process to purchase land roughly consists of 2 parts: You carry out inquiries to

What should happen when a child has been sentenced to imprisonment?

March 1, 2022

When a case is proved against a child in a criminal trial and they are

What should happen when a child was arrested?

February 28, 2022

When a child is arrested for breaking the law, the following should happen: The child’s

How can children who have committed offenses be helped?

February 28, 2022

Children below the age of 18 years who have committed or are suspected to have committed

Where do I need to go to get some extra support for a child confronted with domestic violence, neglect, custody or maintenance issues?

February 28, 2022

Because of their young age, the law gives children more protection than adults therefore creating

Where can I report corruption in the Administration of Justice?

February 28, 2022

The general understanding of corruption is when a person acts in his public office contrary

What can you do when you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a court decision?

February 28, 2022

You have the Right to Appeal! In most cases, you may have the right to

What can be done when my rights are violated by a prison officer?

February 28, 2022

Powers of a Prison Officer A Prison Officer has similar powers, protection, and privileges of

What are the rights of a prisoner?

February 28, 2022

In detaining inmates, three main custody principles must be observed by Prison Authorities. These are:

What is the law on nuisance?

February 24, 2022

Although the common use of the word "nuisance" is something that annoys a person, nuisance

What is a civil case?

February 17, 2022

Civil law is about cases where an individual, a company or even government does something

When does a case fall under criminal law?

February 17, 2022

Criminal law is a set of laws used to punish people whose conduct is considered

How can I settle a dispute over a matter which has a monetary value below 10 million UGX?

February 17, 2022

If you are in a disagreement with another person over a matter in which the

Did you know that as a Ugandan citizen you have certain rights, duties and responsibilities?

February 9, 2022

Generally, anyone in Uganda is entitled to enjoy the basic right and freedoms under the

SUCCESS STORY: A domestic worker abused by her boss has not stopped fighting for justice

January 24, 2022

JCU is part of a vast referral network. The LASPNET project coordinator contacted JCU Mukono

SUCCESS STORY: A young lady is saved from prison

January 10, 2022

19-year-old Cassandra was rescued from prison cells by JCU Mmengo Centre in October 2021. Cassandra

SUCCESS STORY: A man’s human & legal rights protected

January 10, 2022

This civil case was referred to the JCU Kasese Centre by the Uganda Human Rights

SUCCESS STORY: Always watch out who you borrow money from!

January 10, 2022

Kennedy has been a registered UBER driver since 2019 and he got into serious troubles

SUCCESS STORY: Imagine you get on a bus and wake up in a hospital

January 10, 2022

This happened to our client Cathy. She  reported her case to JCU Fort Portal and

SUCCESS STORY: A family receives compensation for the unlawful death of their relative

January 10, 2022

This story elaborates the steps taken by a family that sought legal action in respect

SUCCESS STORY: How a serious road accident took a positive turn

January 10, 2022

This story is about a strong woman who did not give up even though she

SUCCESS STORY: Janet stood up for her family

January 10, 2022

This is a story of a true family catastrophe deriving from a man who practiced

SUCCESS STORY: Eliminating violence against women

January 10, 2022

The in-charge Gender Based Violence (GBV) Police desk referred a case involving 53-year- old Stanley

SUCCESS STORY: JCU saved me from total loss!

January 10, 2022

In this case, a woman understood that she too has the right to a share

SUCCESS STORY: Mediation helped to address Domestic Violence

January 6, 2022

In this story, a couple overcame domestic violence and legalized their relationship with the help

SUCCESS STORY: About the Importance of legalising a marriage

January 6, 2022

In this story, we see how Cecilia struggled to get a share of her deceased

SUCCESS STORY: Do not take what belongs to me and my children

January 6, 2022

Nazziwa, a 38-year-old mother of two from Wakiso had the misfortune of losing her partner

SUCCESS STORY: A couple realises their parental responsibilities during mediation

January 6, 2022

This is a story of Sarah and Innocent, two cohabitees from Kabarole District, who were

SUCCESS STORY: What to expect when an uncle forges the will of the deceased mother

January 6, 2022

In this case uncle Roger took advantage of the vulnerability of two orphans. He forged

SUCCESS STORY: JCU saves 35 year old man from losing his home

January 6, 2022

Dying without leaving a will in many cases creates disputes among the family members left

SUCCESS STORY: A father’s unclear will causes his daughters to suffer

January 6, 2022

There’s a lot of gender-based violence among families in Uganda and many women who experience

SUCCESS STORY: A widow recovers her land

January 6, 2022

Namata is a 72-year-old widow who wanted to recover land which was bought by her

SUCCESS STORY: Consulting a lawyer instead of arguing with the neighbour – that is definitely a strong act!

December 30, 2021

Land grabbing and disputes were rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the 2020 lockdown

SUCCESS STORY: I Have Reclaimed My Freedom

November 29, 2021

Imagine being confined to your home, afraid of going anywhere for fear of being rearrested

How to report a case before the village court?

November 19, 2021

The Local Governments Act gives the Village executive committee the mandate to maintain law, order

What type of criminal cases are handled in a village court (LC1)?

November 19, 2021

The Local Governments Act gives the Village executive committee the mandate to maintain law, order

What types of civil cases are handled in a Village Court (LC1)?

November 19, 2021

The Local Governments Act gives the Village executive committee the mandate to maintain law, order

What’s the process to lodge a complaint with Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)?

November 19, 2021

UHRC was established by the 1995 constitution of the Republic of Uganda and its mandated

Is it lawful for police to use excessive force in effecting an arrest?

November 19, 2021

No, it's not. Police is mandated to use reasonable force to effect an arrest. What

Family Rescued From Detention

November 17, 2021

Pictured are Rachel (pseudonym) and her family posing with the JCU paralegal officer after their

Girl’s Inheritance Rights

November 15, 2021

It is NOT true that girls and women cannot inherit land. The law in Uganda

SUCCESS STORY: A family’s afflictions put to an end.

October 22, 2021

A maintenance matter was successfully mediated by the Fort Portal Centre for 50-year-old Laura from

What is the process of hearing a petty offender’s case in the Magistrate’s Court?

October 21, 2021

This is a process that involves the State Attorney looking at the police file and

What is plea bargain and what is it good for?

October 21, 2021

Plea bargain is the process between an accused person (in prison) and the prosecution in

When and how to apply for Bail in a Magistrate’s Court?

October 21, 2021

Bail simply means court giving the accused person permission to hear his/ her case while

When and how to apply for Bail in High Court?

October 21, 2021

Bail simply means Court giving the accused person permission to hear his/ her case while

What is bail and what is it good for?

October 21, 2021

Bail simply means Court giving the accused person permission to hear his/ her case while

What happens when someone is arrested for committing a petty offence?

October 21, 2021

Petty offences are minor offences whose penalty ranges from a caution, low value fine, community

What is the process of hearing the case of a person accused of a capital offence in the High Court?

October 21, 2021

A capital offence is one that carries a maximum sentence of death and is handled

What are capital offences and how are they handled?

October 21, 2021

A capital offence is one that carries a maximum sentence of death and is handled

What is Police Bond and who has the mandate to grant it?

October 21, 2021

An arrest is using legal authority to deprive a person of his or her freedom

What happens when a family member/ friend has been arrested by the police?

October 21, 2021

An arrest is using legal authority to deprive a person of his or her freedom

SUCCESS STORY: Fort Portal Centre Saves Siblings From Homelessness

October 12, 2021

This story portrays discrimination in the use and enjoyment of inherited property where one sibling

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Mubende Centre Successfully Recovers 56 Acres Of Land

October 4, 2021

In September 2019, Ntalo Joseph together with other beneficiaries were brought to the Mubende offices

JCU Community Based Volunteer Training In Bundibugyo

September 23, 2021

The Bundibugyo team supported by UN Women, JLOS & Embassy of Sweden, trained 160 Community

When and where do I report child labour?

September 16, 2021

Child Labour is illegal! Child Labour denies children their fundamental human rights such as the

What are the legal requirements when a person under 18 is working for me?

September 16, 2021

Generally, the minimum age of employment of a child is sixteen (16) years in Uganda.

What types of work is a child allowed to undertake?

September 16, 2021

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS/ LABOUR RIGHTS The minimum age of employment of a child is sixteen (16)

SUCCESS STORY: Ritah finally got her maintenance case solved

August 26, 2021

This is Ritah's story, Ritah cohabited with Eric (pseudonym) and had two children with him.

I’m in a toxic marriage and want a divorce, what do I need to know?

August 25, 2021

MARRIAGE & DIVORCE Divorce is when a marriage is lawfully brought to an end either

Can one bequeath a matrimonial home in a will where there is a surviving spouse?

August 25, 2021

LAND & PROPERTY RIGHTS/ SUCCESSION LAW Leaving a will directly affects your descendants and inconveniences

Do cohabitees have any property rights arising from their relationships?

August 25, 2021

LAND & PROPERTY RIGHTS The law does not recognise cohabitation as marriage. It does not

What can I do if I become a witness of mob justice?

August 23, 2021

CRIMINAL LAW Mob justice is a form of extra judicial punishment or retribution in which

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima Centre saves woman and ten children from homelessness

July 5, 2021

Becca (not real name) approached our Hoima Centre on 25th February 2018, seeking assistance with

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Hoima Centre helps woman acquire a share of her late father’s land

July 5, 2021

On 17th July 2019, Brenda (not real name) together with her sister Caroline (not real

SUCCESS STORY: An acre of land recovered in Bundibugyo

July 5, 2021

The JCU Bundibugyo Centre helped Godwin and his aunt regain an acre of land. Godwin,

SUCCESS STORY: Bringing Justice Home

July 5, 2021

The Mbale Centre recovered two acres of land on behalf of our client Ezekiel (not

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima Centre helps client recover 8.6 million shillings

July 5, 2021

It all started in 2016 when our client sold his 65/75 Ft piece of land

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Mubende helps woman & her son recover seven acres of land

July 5, 2021

This is a matter involving Florence (not real name) and her son Fred (not real

SUCCESS STORY: Mediation of land wrangle

July 5, 2021

This is a case that was referred to our Hoima Centre for mediation by the

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Fort Portal Centre resolves domestic dispute

July 5, 2021

This is a matter involving two siblings who had been having disputes over family land

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima Centre helps widow recover her land through litigation

July 5, 2021

Stacey (pseudonym) was happily married to Adrian (pseudonym) and the two owned two (2) acres

SUCCESS STORY: Successful mediation of land dispute

July 5, 2021

Becca (pseudonym) an 85 year old woman laid a complaint against her two neighbors who

SUCCESS STORY: Bundibugyo Centre successfully mediates land matter

July 5, 2021

In February 2020, Ronald (pseudonym) approached JCU Bundibugyo offices where he laid a complaint against

SUCCESS STORY: The Lira Centre called upon to settle violent land dispute

July 5, 2021

Lira Central Police Station (CPS) received a complaint of violence arising out of a family

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Lira Centre helps an elderly woman recover four acres of land

July 5, 2021

Even with the prevalence of a number of family and clan meetings, Akullo (pseudonym), had

SUCCESS STORY: Parental Responsibilities

July 5, 2021

Our Legal Volunteer from Fort Portal Centre conducted a mediation between our client Jessica (pseudonym)

SUCCESS STORY: Fighting for her home: Agnes’ story

July 1, 2021

Agnes (not real name) had separated from her husband James (not real name) for over

SUCCESS STORY: Sisters receive an equal share of their father’s estate

July 1, 2021

Our client (Grace) and her five siblings sold off their late father's land for Ugx10

SUCCESS STORY: A widow’s property rights protected

July 1, 2021

JCU Assistant Legal Officer - Gloria Nakayi of Mmengo Centre, successfully mediated a case involving

SUCCESS STORY: Protecting women’s rights through mediation

July 1, 2021

Kisembo Safina (56) got married to Hajji Matovu Moses in 1986 and they had two

SUCCESS STORY: Eliminating violence against women & girls

July 1, 2021

It all started in June 2020 when the in-charge Gender Based Violence (GBV) Police desk

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima centre helps widow recover six acres of land

July 1, 2021

A locus mediation in Kasugu Village, Hoima District was successfully conducted. The mediation was between

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima Centre protects woman’s property rights

July 1, 2021

Pictured is our client Cindy (not real name) who was helped by JCU Hoima Centre

SUCCESS STORY: Women’s inheritance rights

July 1, 2021

This is Stacey, she comes from a family of ten (10) children, seven (7) of

SUCCESS STORY: Hoima Centre protects seven sister’s inheritance rights

July 1, 2021

This is another success story of two sisters, Kate & Anna (not real names), who

SUCCESS STORY: We want a place to call home.

July 1, 2021

In February 2021, Sharon together with her brother and mother walked into JCU Lira offices

SUCCESS STORY: ‘Thank you Justice Centres Uganda’

July 1, 2021

This is a story of Namubiru Mary (pseudonym), a client who approached JCU-Mmengo Centre in

SUCCESS STORY: A widow’s journey to justice

June 22, 2021

The Mbale Centre conducted a mediation in the matter of  Cecilia (not real name) who

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Mengo centre helps family acquire compensation for late father’s estate

June 22, 2021

This is a story of  Judith (pseudonym) who approached JCU Mmengo Centre, seeking legal support

SUCCESS STORY: Mubende centre resolves family dispute through litigation

June 22, 2021

Pictured is JCU legal officer (Center), together with a couple after successfully resolving their family

SUCCESS STORY: Say no to violence against women: Winnie’s story!

June 22, 2021

This is  Winnie, a mother and school teacher from Nkokonjeru, Buikwe District. Winnie was in

SUCCESS STORY: Letting peace reign

June 22, 2021

Amelia (not real name) approached the JCU Hoima Centre to file a complaint against her

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Lira helps widow recover her land during COVID-19 lockdown

June 18, 2021

During the COVID-19 lockdown, our Centres worked remotely and supported persons with legal issues via

SUCESS STORY: A story of hope restore

June 18, 2021

One of the components of the JCU- UN Women programme focuses on conducting the Prison

SUCCESS STORY: Second chance

June 18, 2021

Musisi’s woes began in July 2020 when he was arrested and remanded at Kasangati Government

SUCCESS STORY: Virtual court session conducted by the Mmengo Centre

June 18, 2021

On 18th June 2020, the JCU Assistant Legal Officer (Mmengo Centre) supported by JLOS and

SUCCESS STORY: JCU Lira secures release of inmates from Kwania Prison

June 18, 2021

JCU Lira Centre has been working tirelessly to create awareness of legal rights to inmates

SUCCESS STORY: Mediation puts an end to longstanding family wrangle

May 21, 2021

SUCCESS STORY: Claire (pseudonym) sought legal assistance from the Lira Centre after her stepmother mismanaged

SUCCESS STORY: I no longer have to look over my shoulder

May 21, 2021

In September 2020, thirty-seven (37) year old Rose was identified as a potential beneficiary of

SUCCESS STORY: Sabrina could recover her rightful inheritance

April 8, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW This is the story of our client Sabrina (not real name) who came

SUCCESS STORY: Emmanuel (70) got his will written down

April 8, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW JCU's Assistant Legal Officer at Mukono Centre is helping a 70-year-old client make

SUCCESS STORY: Not leaving a will led to harsh consequences and could be solved after 13 years

April 8, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW "No more paying house rent, no more buying food!" said our client after

SUCCESS STORY: Cathy successfully acquired Letters of Administration to administer her late husband’s estate

April 8, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW In February 2021, the JCU Mbale Centre made a follow up visit to

SUCCESS STORY: Kezekia’s father died without leaving a will

April 8, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW Kezekia lodged a complaint at our Hoima Centre offices against three of his

What happens after my partner/ parent/ legal guardian has died and he/she made a will?

March 24, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW When a person dies, they either die testate or intestate. A person dies

How to make a will and why?

March 24, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW When a person dies, they either die testate or intestate. A person dies

What happens if no will was made before passing away?

March 24, 2021

SUCCESSION LAW When a person dies, they either die testate or intestate. A person dies

Justice Centres best in Uganda – DANIDA Official

December 17, 2020

Justice Centres Uganda is one of the best legal aid service providers in Uganda according

JCU Concludes Media Road Trip

December 17, 2020

Justice Centres Uganda recently concluded a media road trip across the country for  members of

JCU opens Service points in Jinja and Masaka

September 10, 2019

A great criminal defense lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system, and may be able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate a potential crime.

DGF to evaluate Legal AID Programme

September 10, 2019

If you are looking at prison time or a criminal penalty, it is extremely important to hire a criminal defense lawyer. The legal system is designed and biased so that representing yourself in a criminal trial and expecting a good result is almost impossible.

JCU re-opens services in Jinja and Masaka

September 10, 2019

If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, you should talk to a defense attorney to fully understand your case. A consultation with an experienced attorney will help you to understand the charges placed against you, the defenses available, what if any plea bargains may be offered to you, and what you should do if you are convicted. We offer free consultations – just contact us. If you are facing a serious charge, however, it is highly recommended that you have a skilled defense attorney represent you in court, and to not attempt self-representation based on a consultation.

Seven mentally ill prisoners released from Fort Portal Government Prison

September 10, 2019

If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, you should talk to a defense attorney to fully understand your case. A consultation with an experienced attorney will help you to understand the charges placed against you, the defenses available, what if any plea bargains may be offered to you, and what you should do if you are convicted.