Chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo issues strict timelines within which parties engaged in the hearing of the presidential election petition must follow so that the Supreme court can deliver its judgment on the 18th/March 2021.
In today’s botched hearing were parties were supposed to agree on the triable issues , the petitioner’s lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona expressed unreadiness to proceed as he had a batch of more affidavits and documents to file ; hence court has been compelled to adjourn this pre-trial conference to 24th/March .
The Cheif justice who has been leading other 8 justices has also ordered the parties to file written submissions by not later than 4 th/March/ 2021 before each lawyer can have 30 minutes chance to make oral highlights before court.
The further Chief Justice says they only have 45 days to dispose off this petition. He says sofar ten days are off.
He then says this deadline is to be met , the petitioner is given up to 14 /Feb to file all his affidavits, 20th/Feb for responders to file responses in affidavits, 23 /Feb any other rejoinder and 24th the court will conduct a pre-trial.
Written submissions for petitioner 27th/Feb , responders 2nd /March , 4th/March any rejoinder, parties will have an opportunity to make oral submissions highlighting for 30 minutes each , A chance will be availed to cross-examine any intended witnesses and presentation of any electronic evidence –25th-26th
The court will retire to use ten days to write its summary judgement to be delivered on 18th/March
The Chief Justice announced that the court will then retire and use ten days to write its judgment.