27th May 2024,

Arusha, Tanzania.

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) deeply regrets to inform its esteemed stakeholders, particularly litigants and the general public, that there will be no scheduled session of the First Instance Division in June 2024. The Court convenes quarterly, in March, June, September, and November for the First Instance Division, and in February, May, August, and November for the Appellate Division.

Owing to delayed remittances from the Partner States, the Court was unable to conduct the May 2024 session of the Appellate Division, and the June 2024 session of the First Instance Division will not be convened as scheduled.

This challenge significantly impedes the Court’s primary function, which is to promptly hear and adjudicate cases brought before it. Consequently, there has been a notable increase in the backlog of cases, with over 200 currently awaiting resolution before the EACJ.

The Court urgently appeals to all Partner States to acknowledge the gravity of the present situation and to ensure the timely remittance of funds to facilitate the smooth functioning of the Court and uphold effective justice delivery.

The Court acknowledges the inconvenience this situation may cause to all parties involved. Please be assured that the Court will diligently reschedule the sessions at the earliest convenience.

About the EACJ 

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or ‘the Court’), is one of the Organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. The Court was established in November 2001, its key mandate is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.  Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The Court’s sub-registries are located in the capitals of the following Partner States: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania. 

For more information please contact: 

Christine Mutimura 

Deputy Registrar, 

East African Court of Justice. 

Arusha, Tanzania 

Tel: 255-27-2162149 

Email: cmwekesa@eachq.org