The Law Development Centre(LDC) is an educational institution for higher learning that offers various legal training courses ranging from one month to one year.
LDCs graduation of Lawyers scheduled for Friday 27th April 2018 at LDC, hangs in balance after Lwemiyaga County MP in Sembabule District, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo, petitioned the High Court in Kampala to block the same citing alleged favoritism of some students who sat for supplementary and special exams by the institution.
In his court documents that he filed on April 24, the MP seeks court’s intervention to block tomorrow’s graduation until his grievances of alleged discrimination meted against him by the LDC are heard and determined.
Court documents show that the MP, who had been pursuing the post graduate Diploma Bar course from LDC, had a supplementary in Civil Litigation and Corporate and Commercial practice and that he had failed the supplementary which he was told to do in the subsequent year.
“A temporary injunction doth issue against the respondent (LDC) through its agents or proxies restraining, prohibiting, forbidding and preventing the respondents from conducting graduation for the candidates who passed vide the meeting held on December 21, 2017 and 21st March, 208 from graduating on graduation ceremony scheduled for 27th April 2018 until hearing and final disposal of the applicant’s application for judicial review,” Mr Ssekikubo states in his plaint
Explaining his woes with LDC, the vocal legislator in his law suit, states that on December 21, 2017, LDC’s management committee approved the students’ results at its meeting and 312 students passed the course and qualified for tomorrow’s award of Diploma in legal practice.
However, he adds that from the same meeting, 201 students were to sit supplementary examinations in the subjects indicated against their names. Four students were to sit special and supplementary examinations but instead the board approved strange results at the end of the process
“I further know that of the said 268 candidates favored and passed by the respondent (LDC) management committee, I was discriminated and I was never passed with only one option of sitting for supplementary exams,” he says.
Further in his law suit, Mr Ssekikubo contends that he stands to suffer irreparable damage if court does not issue an injunction to restrain LDC from holding the graduation ceremony tomorrow.
Given the urgency of the matter, Daily NewsUg understands that the court is set to hear MP Ssekikubo’s temporary injunction today (April 26), whose ruling leaves in balance LDC’s graduation slated for tomorrow.
The Law Development Centre (LDC) was established by the Law Development Centre Act. Cap. 132 of 1970.
Under the said Act, LDC is charged with numerous functions. These are categorized into:
• Legal Training.
• Research and Law Reform.
• Legal Publications.
• Law Reporting.
• Community Legal Services.
LDC is under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and is one of the institutions under the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS).