UPPC, Law reform commission sign MoU on access to legal documents

Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) has entered into an agreement that enable it have easy access to soft copies of all Uganda’s laws published at Uganda Printing and Publishing Company limited (UPPC).

The two government agencies on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Serena hotel, Kampala.

Under this new arrangement, with immediate effect ULRC shall be allowed to access soft copies of Uganda’s laws published by the state agency from time to time.

At the tail end, Aristarco Kasekende Mujuzi the acting UPPC managing director says this particular synergy will ultimately lead to systematic improvements to the law reform commission.

“Both government bodies, will leverage on their combined mandates and activities through information sharing and usage to ensure contribution is made to the ULRC of ensuring that they update all the laws of this country”, Kasekende said.

Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze, the ULRC chairperson said, in the past, the body has faced access related encumbrances.

“In executing this mandate, the commission has experienced some challenges in accessing authentic copies of the laws for purposes I have just mentioned. We now can access legitimate copies of the laws of Uganda and in return the commission will work with UPPC in printing some of our publications”, Nsanze said.

Deviating from the past where members of the public have had look painstakingly for legal documents, Nsanze says now respective amendments and act will be embedded all together.

“Updating the law does not entail changing the substance but making sure that they are incorporated in the places where they belong. So that for users the judiciary, members of the public and researchers can have easy access”, she explained.

Kasekende says this is just a pinch of UPPCs credit centered undertakings of late aimed at improving service delivery mainly through provision of internet banking and timely information through its web portal.