In 1996, the Government of Uganda adopted a statutory instrument to The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces act. The purpose of this Act is to regulate the application of Uganda Peoples’ Defence force act to civilians. Article 3 of this Act precise that a civilian to whom the provisions of the Act apply shall be tried only by the division court-martial, general court-martial and court-martial appeal court. Article 4 precises that a civilian cannot be arrested by a soldier without a warrant of arrest issued by a military court. Article 5 establishes fundamental guarantees for a civilian detainee. Article 6 provides civilians the right to have a legal representation before the military court. Article 9 of the Act establishes the right to appeal to a civil court.
Keywords: martial court, civil court, fundamental guarantees
Related legislation: The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces Act, 2005