E.A COURT Of Justice to open office in Juba
Yufnalis Okubo, the Registrar of East African Court of Justice (photo by Rose Keji Benjamin):
By Rose Keji Benjamin
The East African Court of Justice will have a liaison office in Juba, one of the courts’ officials said.
In an interview with Juba Monitor on Sunday, Yufnalis Okubo the Registrar of the East African Court of Justice based in Arusha, Tanzania said they were going to open an office in South Sudan in order to bring justice near to the people through filing cases from within.
He also revealed that the President of East African Court of Justice arrived in Juba last Sunday to hold a three-day workshop with members of the Judiciary, Judges and Legislature.
The workshop is part of the programme of the Regional Court to integrate South Sudan judiciary in to East African community justice system.
The Registrar Yufnalis Okubo said they have been working to integrate South Sudan into the East Africa Community and it is the first time for South Sudanese to get into Eastern African Court.
“Our major aim is to sensitize the stakeholders about the work of the Court and about the judges and the lawyers who are practicing the work and tell them about the work of the Court and what they can do,” he said.
“We are here to talk to NGOs and the public about what we do,” he added.
He said they will enlighten South Sudanese legal practitioners on the roles they play in the Regional Court in Arusha, Tanzania.
According to Okubo, they are going to talk to lawyers because the lawyers are the ones dealing with the public since if something happens at the East African Court nobody will know apart from the lawyers.
He explained that the importance of the training was advancing knowledge about the rights of the people.
He urged the people to take advantage of the presence of the court to access justice.
Okubo called upon the South Sudanese to take charge of the destiny of their own country.