President Kagame on Wednesday officiated the swearing-in of 17 judges from the Supreme Court, the newly-established Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Commercial High Court.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Kagame called on the newly sworn-in judges to ensure that the reputation of Rwanda’s judiciary keeps improving in order to bolster citizens and foreign investors’ confidence in the country’s justice system.
“The fair justice system in Rwanda is what gives confidence to citizens and foreign investors to work, knowing their rights will be respected and everyone will be held accountable by the law” President Kagame said.
Commenting on the Court of Appeal, the Head of State explained that the Court was put in place to perform some of the duties previously carried out by the Supreme Court for the latter to focus on upholding the Constitution.
“The Court of Appeal was established to ensure that justice is served in the shortest delay. This is what Rwandans want our justice system to be defined by because we know that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’,” President Kagame said.
Organic Law No 002/2018.OL of 04/04/2018 that establishes the Court of Appeal stipulates that the court will adjudicate, on appeal level, cases handled by the High Court, the Commercial High Court, and the Military High Court in accordance with relevant laws.