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Beware of “Bush Lawyers”

March 20, 2024

Grace was brought to JCU Kasese office by the Kasese District LCV chair person, after

JCU Resolves Dispute Between A Grandmother & Her Granddaughter

March 19, 2024

The complainant (Yolesi) is a single mother to a two-year-old. The complainant and her mother

Do Not Abuse My Kindness

March 19, 2024

Two families were at the verge of falling over a money dispute. It all started

I Deserve A Share Of Our Matrimonial Property

March 19, 2024

Aminah was married to Fahad for about 40 years. The couple while still renting, bought

Thank You For Fighting For My Rights

March 19, 2024

In April 2022, Daphne approached JCU Tororo for legal support because her husband (Pete) of

This too is my land.

March 19, 2024

The dispute took place in 2019 in Kasunga I village, Mukunyu Sub County concerning a

I Deserve Equal Rights To My Late Father’s Land

March 19, 2024

The claimant Oliver, a mother of four, reached out to the Fort Portal office to

My Brothers Had Made My Life Unbearable

March 19, 2024

This client (Gilbert) being in his old age, seemed so miserable and helpless after his

JCU Helps A Family To Equally Distribute Land

March 19, 2024

This story involves 20-year-old Angela whose share of land had been taken away by the

James restores land from his defiant uncle

March 19, 2024

Our client James, approached JCU Hoima in 2017 after being rendered homeless by his maternal

Long standing land wrangle comes to a halt

March 19, 2024

This case involved 63-year-old Evans whose land had been fraudulently grabbed by his neighbor Simon.

Eva’s saved from a fraudulent land dealer

March 19, 2024

Eva approached JCU Bundibugyo Centre seeking legal assistance after a land sale went wrong. She

JCU helps widow to acquire letters of administration

September 27, 2023

Our client Florence, lost her husband to a long-time illness in 2021.  Florence had been

You saved me from an abusive marriage

September 27, 2023

Rose was going through physical, emotional and economic violence implicated by the ex-husband Phillip. For

Applying For A Grant of Letters of Administration

May 16, 2023

When a person dies without leaving a valid will, there is a process for beneficiaries

A longstanding land wrangle comes to a halt!A longstanding land wrangle comes to a halt!

November 9, 2022

Moses, a 57-year-old man from Wakiso District gets compensated for his money that he used

‘Those men had made me believe I would never get a penny from them’

November 9, 2022

This is a statement made by Mukiibi after JCU helped him recover his land. Mukiibi

Widow recovers land from wayward son

November 9, 2022

Pictured is Judith, a widow who was helped to recover her matrimonial home and land

I was worried that I may never come back to my home or even maintain my children and husband’s graveyard

November 9, 2022

This is 80-year-old Biira who suffered at the hands of her stepson Benson who was

Jane successfully claims her inheritance rights from a relative

November 9, 2022

Jane’s mother, Atwine, died testate in 2019 and was survived by five children. Atwine passed

A Widow fights for 17 years to recover her inherited property

November 9, 2022

This is Alice, an 86 year old woman whose property rights were fought for by

We deserve a share of our mother’s property

November 9, 2022

In February 2022, Fred and Doreen (siblings) walked into JCU Fort Portal office seeking legal

Widow recovers her land…

November 9, 2022

Aida is a widow to the late Ndege who died intestate in 2005 leaving her

Fighting for women’s inheritance rights!

November 9, 2022

This story is about 70-year-old Lusiya, a widow and mother of three children aged between

Four orphans finally get their share after 10 years

November 9, 2022

Joshua approached JCU Mukono claiming that his mother (Namusisi) passed on intestate in 2001, and

Rightful beneficiaries finally get their share

November 2, 2022

The complainants approached JCU Mukono claiming that they are biological children to the late Kasozi

A cohabitee finally gets her share after separation

November 1, 2022

The complainant Nadia approached JCU Mukono claiming she’d been in a cohabiting relationship with Kibirige

My in-laws had deprived me of my property

November 1, 2022

This is a family matter where the client’s in-laws upon the death of her husband,

Protection of women’s inheritance rights.

November 1, 2022

Frank (deceased) had one wife Racheal and another woman (Prossy) whom he had cohabited and

Thank you for giving me hope

November 1, 2022

This story involved a widow whose in-laws and clan leaders attempted to divide property already

JCU Fort Portal helps man recover his money

November 1, 2022

Ben walked into JCU Fort Portal offices complaining that he supplied sukali gulu (Molasses) worth

JCU resolves dispute between a worker and her employer

November 1, 2022

Rachel was employed by Stella as a domestic worker and she was to earn UGX.

Elderly man recovers property from unruly tenant

November 1, 2022

This is a case of an old man, Peter, a retired Headteacher who owns a

We had been in prison for over 10 years

November 1, 2022

Our clients had been on remand for 11 years having been indicted for double murder

JCU Mubende rescues five gentlemen from prison

November 1, 2022

All the 5 accused persons aged between 40-93 years are all residents of Kassanda District

You saved me from violence from my neighbor

November 1, 2022

Vicky was a victim of emotional violence perpetrated against her by her neighbor. Martha (the

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: The Right To A Speedy Trial

October 27, 2022

Pre-trial detention is the stage in the criminal justice system when a person accused of

Rights & Responsibilities Of Landlords & Tenants In Uganda

October 27, 2022

Who is a landlord? A landlord refers to a property owner (including their authorized agent)

Spotlight Initiative CSOs Knowledge Sharing Forum in Addis Ababa

August 2, 2022

The JCU National Coordinator - Mr. Besigye Aaron shares JCU’s involvement in eliminating violence against

Uganda Prison Service (UPS)

July 18, 2022

Uganda Prisons Service provides reasonable, safe, secure and humane custody of suspects and offenders as

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