The judge informed the parties and the members of the public that the court was ready for another session in the area to the bewilderment of the locals.
ABIM - Excitement is ripping through the residents of Abim district after witnessing the first High Court session conducted in the area.
In a first of its kind, Soroti resident judge Wilson Masalu Musene on Thursday held a High Court hearing in a fully packed Abim Chief Magistrate's courtroom which caused excitement among the residents.
The holding of the court within Abim town council exceedingly excited the people and the local leaders who applauded the Judge for the initiative of bringing the High Court to sit in Abim and afford the residents a chance to experience the High Court as compared to the costly travels to Soroti, a distance of about 125 kilometers away.
The dispute involves ownership of the land hosting Abim town council offices, National Water office, part of Abim Police Station, and a host of residents in Abim town council.
It is being disputed against Abim town council and Abim district land board jointly by Achen Rose, the administrator of the estate of the late Mzee Logira.
Upon completion of the hearing of the case, the judge informed the parties and the members of the public that the court was ready for another session in the area to the bewilderment of the locals.
Justice Musene inspected the suit land together with the parties, their witnesses, and lawyers as well as the residents of the area who had thronged Court for a feel of the High Court session.
The judge gave both lawyers in the matter a schedule for filing written submissions of two weeks each and a rejoinder within a week and fixing the matter for judgment on February 3, 2021 at Abim Court.
Abim district chain-linked committee commended the gesture of the Judge to handle the matter in Abim.
"We thank the judge for the hearing of this specific matter in Abim thereby cutting travel costs for the parties and their witnesses and for the candid atmosphere he created during the hearing and locus in quo visit," Grade one Magistrate Nicholas Aisu said.
The judge also in company of Abim grade one Magistrate Aisu, resident state attorney Patrick Angulipa, Anena Clare Lagoro, Legal Officer visited Amita Prison for inspection.
Amita prison houses over 507 inmates most of whom are serving their sentences.