By Hillary Nsambu
KAMPALA - The Supreme Court will on a date to be named in future rule whether to stop chief magistrates and Grade One magistrates from presiding over cases in the Anti-corruption Court until a constitutional appeal challenging the magistrates conscription as High Court judges is heard.
Justice Bart Katureebe headed the coram. The other members were Justices Jotham Tumwesigye, Dr Esther Kisaakye-Kitimbo, John Wilson Tsekooko and Christine Nakaseeta Kitumba.
A Kampala lawyer, Davis Wesley Tusingwire, is challenging as unconstitutional the drafting of the magistrates into the Anti-corruption division because it brings them at par with the High Court judges, which violates the Constitution.
Fred Muwema who represented Tusingwire strongly submitted Monday that it was necessary for the court to stop the functions of the Anti-corruption Court for the time being until the appeal is heard and finally disposed of as it raises very pertinent issues that needed the interpretation of the law.
Muwema argued that the Constitution did not provide assistants to judges as it was being argued by the Attorney General.
However, Senior Principal State Attorney Phillip Mwaka opposed the application, saying that the magistrates were recruited into the Anti-Corruption Division to assist the judges and to help the accused persons have expedited trials.
Supreme Court yet to rule on magistrates