East African Court of Justice, Arusha, 7 August 2012: The East African Court of Justice will Friday 10 August 2012 launch a sub-registry in Kigali, Rwanda.
The opening of the Kigali 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 first in the region, will be followed by similar launches in the other Partner States.
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 Kigali Sub-registry makes the Court’s services more easily accessible and affordable to the vast majority of Rwandan residents,” says the EACJ Registrar Prof. John Eudes Ruhangisa.
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 Rwanda’s Ministry of East African Community Affairs to raise public awareness starting with the 5th East Africa Media Summit that Kigali city is hosting this week.
The EACJ sub-registry in Rwanda will be based at the High Court premises in Kigali.
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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.
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