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The Client Charter

March 11, 2021

This Client Charter presents service commitments and obligations of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The Charter covers the Mandate, Vision, and Mission of the Ministry, key result areas, medium-term commitments, performance standards, the Ministry’s clients, and their rights and obligations.

The feedback, complaints and appeal mechanisms, and monitoring and evaluation of performance against the Charter are also provided for.

1.1 Mandate

Provide legal advice and legal services to Government, its allied institutions, and to the general public and support the machinery that provides the legal framework for good governance.

1.2 Vision

A nation that upholds the rule of law, good governance, and due process for all.

1.3 Mission

To promote effective and efficient machinery capable of providing a legal framework for good governance and delivery of legal advice and services to the Government, its allied institutions, and the general public.


The key result areas of the Ministry are:-

  • A culture of constitutionalism and good governance for national prosperity;
  • An efficient and effective legal framework for legal advice and legal services to Government and Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), and Local Governments;
  • Representation of Government, its Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and Local Governments bodies in courts of law and Tribunals;
  • Respect for the rule of law and due process;
  • Legal protection through civil rights, business enterprises, and intellectual property titles;
  • Judicious management of estates of deceased persons, properties of minors, and persons of unsound mind in accordance with the relevant laws;
  • Fostering professional ethics in legal practice through regulation and control of advocates and supervision of legal aid service providers;
  • Creation of a professional human capital that is disciplined, loyal, impartial, dedicated, accountable, and financially credible to the public;
  • Collection and management of Government resources with integrity and transparency; and
  • Well drafted legislation capable of being read and understood by all concerned.

2.1     Principles and Values

The principles and values which will guide the implementation of this Charter are:-

  1. Compliance with policies, legislation, and standards

The staff of the Ministry shall comply with Government policies, legislation, and standards.

  1. Customer / Client Focus

The staff of the Ministry shall put the interests of the customers/clients of the Ministry as first priority and shall endeavor to meet their needs and expectations.

  1. Integrity

The staff of the Ministry shall exhibit integrity and shall not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to individuals or organizations that may compromise their professional conduct in the performance of their duties.

  1. Selflessness

The staff of the Ministry shall put public interest above personal interest (service above self).

  1. Partnership

The staff of the Ministry shall engage the partners of the Ministry in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the programs of the Ministry.

  1. Optimal use of resources

The staff of the Ministry shall optimally use the available resources in the attainment of the objectives and targets of the Ministry.

  1. Objectivity

The staff of the Ministry shall make decisions based on merit, professional codes, and other codes of good practice. 

  1. Transparency and accountability

The staff of the Ministry shall conduct their duties and provide services with truthfulness and sincerity.

  1. Professionalism

The staff of the Ministry shall adhere to the respective professional codes of conduct while executing their duties.

  1. Responsiveness

The staff of the Ministry shall respond to their clients effectively and efficiently whenever called upon.

  1. Impartiality

The staff of the Ministry shall provide services to all the Ministry clients without discrimination on grounds of sex, race, color, ethnic origin, birth, creed or religion, social or economic standing, political opinion, or disability.

  1. Teamwork

The staff of the Ministry shall promote the spirit of teamwork in executing their duties.



The Directorates and Departments of the Ministry commit themselves as follows:-




The mission/mandate of the Directorate is; “To ensure that estates of deceased persons, missing persons and persons of unsound mind, are administered in accordance with the Succession Laws in Uganda.”

The Directorate shall-

  • On receipt of a death report, open a file within one day, upon payment of shs. 2000 for a file and a form;
  • Resolve family wrangles and disputes expeditiously;
  • Administer estates of deceased persons, missing persons, and persons of unsound mind in accordance with the succession laws;
  • Represent the Administrator-General in courts of law, tribunals, and other agencies;
  • Issue Certificates of No Objection to intending administrators (Identified from among the beneficiaries at family meetings held at the office of the Administrator-General or his or her agents) within nineteen days of application.
  • Institute legal proceedings against intermeddlers and fraudulent administrators of deceased persons’ estates;
  • Manage estates of deceased persons, missing persons, properties of minors, and people of unsound mind in accordance with the Public Trustees Act Cap. 161;
  • Effect payments to beneficiaries within one week of receipt of the request; and
  • Issue land transfers to the appropriate beneficiaries within five days, upon payment of a fee of 1.5% of the value of the property.



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