Witness Summons (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act
- Commenced on 28 March 1969
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
2. Application of the ActWhere the Minister is satisfied that reciprocal provision has been or will be made by or under the law of any country for the enforcement of a summons issued by any court in Uganda, he or she may, by statutory order, declare that this Act shall apply in the case of that country subject to such conditions, exceptions and qualifications as may be specified in the order, and this Act shall apply accordingly.
3. Backing of summonses
4. Service of summons
5. Where witness cannot be foundWhere the magistrate who has endorsed a summons is satisfied that the witness to whom it is addressed cannot be found within the area of his or her jurisdiction, he or she shall return the summons to the chief registrar with a written report to that effect and containing such other relevant information as he or she may think fit; and upon receipt of the summons and the report, the chief registrar shall return the summons to the court issuing it or, if the chief registrar has reason to believe that the person to whom the summons is addressed may be found in some other area of Uganda, send the summons to the magistrate having jurisdiction over that area.
6. Court may make order excusing attendance
7. The Minister may excuse attendance
8. Penalty for disobedience of summonsAny person who has been served with a summons under this Act and has not been excused from complying with it by an order made under section 6 or 7, if he or she fails to obey the summons, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred shillings.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
28 March 1969