When is an advocate not an advocate? The question has been raised in an application heard by the high court, Uganda, in a dispute related to elections held in that country earlier this year. The advocate concerned had commissioned an affidavit that formed the basis of the litigation, but the other side questioned whether the advocate was entitled to do so. It all came down to whether the advocate had renewed her annual practice certificate in time. If not, would the affidavit – and thus the petition – be valid?
Uganda’s high court has been extremely busy in August and September, but not with the cases you might expect. Every one of the nine decisions so far recorded for these two months has arisen from the elections held in Uganda earlier this year.
Not that the elections petitions always end up dealing with problems raised by the elections.