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Business law in Uganda

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary is an independent legal organ comprised of Courts of Judicature as provided for by the Constitution. Article 126 of the Constitution states that "in the exercise of judicial power, the courts shall be independent and shall not be subject to the control or direction of any person or authority. No person or authority shall interfere with the courts or judicial officers in the exercise of their judicial functions".
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
According to the 2018 Investment Climate Statement by the U.S. Department of State, commercial legal process sometimes favour politically connected companies that deploy political pressure and bribery to disrupt and delay outcomes. Some investigative journalistic reports feature anecdotal accounts of judges at the Commercial Court asking for bribes in order to rule favorably.
The Language of Justice
English has been the official language of Uganda since independence in 1962.
Recourse to an Interpreter
It is possible to have access to an interpreter in Uganda.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Uganda's legal system is based on English common law and African customary law. The main source of the law is the Constitution of 1995.
Checking National Laws Online
Library of the Congress website

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