EACJ to Launch Sub-registry in Bujumbura 1 March

Arusha, 26 February 2013: The East African Court of Justice will Friday 1 March 2013 launch its newest sub-registry in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The opening of the Bujumbura EACJ Sub-registry follows a decision of the Council of Ministers that the Court opens sub-registries in all Partner States. The commissioning of the sub-registry, the fifth in the region, follows the other four sub-registries which were launched last year in Nairobi, Kenya on 16 November 2012; Kampala, Uganda on 18 September 2012; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 September 2012; and Kigali, Rwanda on 10 August 2012.

With the opening of these sub-registries, litigants will no longer be required to travel to Arusha to file their claims. Instead, claims will be filed at an EACJ local sub-registry, which will handle the necessary transmission and communication details.

“The opening of the Bujumbura sub-registry makes the Court’s services more easily accessible and affordable to the vast majority of Burundi residents,” says the EACJ Judge President Hon. Justice Harold Nsekela.

He adds that the sub-registry has been equipped to start operations, with a full-time Court clerk recruited to operate it, and further notes that the Court will work closely with Burundi Ministry of East African Community Affairs to raise public awareness. The EACJ sub-registry in Burundi will be based at the Supreme Court of Burundi in Bujumbura.

The President invited all stakeholders including Burundi legal fraternity including Bar associations, business community, academic institutions and interested persons to use the sub-registry.

About the East African Court of Justice

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or the Court), is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.

Any person who is resident in an EAC Partner State may refer for determination by the East African Court of Justice, the legality of any Act, directive, decision or action of a Partner State or an Institution of the Community on the grounds that such Act, regulation, directive or action is unlawful or is an infringement of the Treaty and proceedings are instituted within two months of the act complained of or of the day in which it came to his/her knowledge. The Court also has arbitration jurisdiction.

Decisions of the Court on the interpretation and application of the Treaty take precedence over decisions of national courts on a similar matter.

For more information please contact:

Prof. John Ruhangisa, Registrar
Email: ruhangisa@eachq.org

Ms. Geraldine Umugwaneza, Deputy Registrar
Email: umugwaneza@eachq.org

Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department;
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs;
EAC Secretariat
Tel: +255 784 835021; Email: othieno@eachq.org

East African Court of Justice
Arusha, Tanzania

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