The Judicial Service Commission is a Constitutional body established under Article 146 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995. The Commission is composed of 9 members with powers to facilitate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Justice administration in Uganda. The Commissioners are drawn from persons of integrity and unquestionable character.
It is a specialized appointing Commission having an oversight functions in relation to services delivered to the people by the Judiciary. The mandate and functions of the Commission are re-defined under Articles 147 of the 2006 Constitution.
Functions of the Judicial Service Commission
The functions of the Judicial Service Commission include
- Advising the President in the exercise of his or her powers of appointment of judicial officers and their removal, terms and conditions of service
- Preparing and implementing programmes for administration of justice
- Receiving and processing people’s recommendations and complaints concerning the judiciary and administration of justice and , generally, to act as a link between the people and the judiciary
- Advising the Government on improving the administration of justice; and
- Any other function provided by the Constitution or by Parliament.