The court convened on Monday to hear the application to withdraw the poll petition, Kyagulanyi’s lawyers represented by Medard Sseggona told court this morning that their practising certificates had expired and are yet to be renewed.
“We applied to the Law Council to renew our practising certificates and they are being processed. Unfortunately, the grace period elapsed in February. We thought it is professional enough to raise it,” Sseggona told the court.
“It is not in our practice to operate outside the law but this is a matter that requires expedition.”
However, in response, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo asked the lawyers whether they had informed the court’s registrar over the same for a temporary solution but the lawyers answered in the negative.
When asked to comment on the matter, the respondents’ side led by the Attorney General William Byaruhanga said they would go with the court’s decision.
The case adjournment.
In his ruling, the Chief Justice saw it better to adjourn the case. This is as the lawyers write to the Supreme Court’s registrar to issue temporary practising certificates to the three lawyers representing Kyagulanyi.
“We give you up to 5pm today to obtain practising certificates. I am making it easy for you in case you have not yet done the other things which are required. I am directing the chief registrar to give you temporary practicing certificates. That will expire on March 18, 2021, for purposes of prosecuting this petition,” Dollo said.
The Chief Justice consequently adjourned the matter to tomorrow Friday to hear the application to withdraw the petition.
The law also provides that every advocate must have a practising certificate. This is renewable after one year and is a Law Council requirement.
However, they usually give advocates a grace period of up to March 1 of every New Year to acquire their new practising certificates.
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