Kigali, 01 August 2018

President Kagame today 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 which was held at Parliament in Kimihurura, the Head of State explained that the Court of Appeal 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.

The President 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.

“Our justice system should not be subject to corruption and the rulings of judges should not be influenced and should always be impartial,” President Kagame said.