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Case Law Handbook on Violence Against Women and Girls in Commonwealth East Africa

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

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This case law handbook has been developed by judges in Commonwealth East Africa as a contribution to the development of the jurisprudence of equality. It supports propagation of the procedural recommendations and good practices set out in the Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa, with a view to providing judicial officers and rule of law practitioners with a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on adjudicating matters fo VAWG in the East African jurisdictions. The handbook presents leading cases of relevance to these jurisdictions and is intended to add to local manuals, guidelines or handbooks that reflect local processes.

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The Role of Appellate Courts

This chapter examines the role of appellate courts in advancing the rule of law by addressing gaps in the law, the ambiguities or conflicts that may arise, to take leadership by interpreting the Constitution and statutes to define citizenly obligations by setting standards towards a value based society that respects human rights and freedoms spelt out in the Constitution, legislating from the Bench to address ambiguity and conflicts existing between legislative provisions and in mentoring subordinate judicial officers on the lower Bench when trial judgments are overturned.

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