Supreme Court Judges briefed on new Commercial laws

Supreme Court judges were this week taken through the new Commercial laws to enable them have deeper understanding of the subject.
Deputy Chief Justice Sam Rugege closing the workshop yesterday (Photo J Mbanda).
Deputy Chief Justice Sam Rugege closing the workshop yesterday (Photo J Mbanda).

Supreme Court judges were this week taken through the new Commercial laws to enable them have deeper understanding of the subject.

The three-day training was organised by the Enterprise Development Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST).

The new laws which include; the company act, the Investment Law and the  law on Mortgages and Movables, came into force in 2009 and contributed to Rwanda taking a big stride in the Word Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ survey.

Speaking to The New Times, Bernadette Uwicyeza, a legal consultant with MINIJUST, said that the aim of the training was to help the judges have a clear understanding on the new laws so that they can be able to better handle appeals from the Commercial Courts.

“Cases from the Commercial Courts are normally forwarded to the Supreme Court in case of discontentment, so the training was paramount to help the judges have a clear understanding on the laws in force today,” she said.

Speaking at the closing of the workshop, Deputy Chief Justice, Sam Rugege, commended the judges for taking time off their busy schedule to attend the fruitful training and said that their contribution would be helpful to the law makers in their efforts to amend some of these laws.

He also commended local law experts and encouraged the judges to read a lot on the national laws and foreign laws so that their expertise can be used both within and outside Rwanda.

“More local experts will help us to stop depending on the foreign experts who come and feed us on more of their own laws and yet we also want our own judicial system to grow so that it can be a model for other countries,” Rugege said.

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