The data on this page is drawn from a Justice Needs and Satisfaction survey conducted in 2019. We interviewed more than 6000 randomly selected adults. Their voices represent the justice needs and experiences of millions Ugandans.
Below you will find the story of the justice problems in the everyday life of citizens of Uganda. People told us how the problems impact them, what they do to resolve disputes and crimes and how they experienced the formal and informal justice system.
This is the justice story as the people in Uganda encounter and feel it.
A legal problem is a problem that takes place in daily life – a dispute, disagreement or grievance for which there is a resolution in the (formal or informal) law. It does not matter if the individual sees it as legal or whether she took action to resolve it.
The chart shows how many adults in Uganda encountered one or more legal problems in the last 4 years.
The map shows where in Uganda problems occur. It breaks down the experience with legal problems per region.
We asked people to tell us about the legal problem which they assess as most serious.
The problems are grouped into categories. For instance, Crime aggregates experiences with property and violent crime, fraud and so on.
Starting from the all people in Uganda, this chart shows how many people enconter legal problems, how many take action and ultimately how many problems are considered to be completely resolved.
Legal problems affect people in different ways. Violence, stress, deterioration of important relationships and loss of job are possible consequences of legal problems.
Information and advice are key for resolving legal problems. People need to know how to limit the damage, what to do and where to go to resolve the problem.
When there is a legal problem a well functioning legal system provides one or more dispute resolution mechanisms. We call the chains of these dispute resolution mechanisms justice journeys.
The concept of a justice journey recognizes that there are many different steps to resolve a problem. Most often these steps are not linear. The entirety of steps that people take to resolve a problem is a justice journey.
People involve various providers of justice to resolve their problems. Here we ask which of these providers was most useful in resolving the problem.
Usefulness is a subjective concept. It allows the individual to consider the different providers involved and estimate which one had the most influence in the process of resolving the problem.
People need fair resolutions to their problems to move on with their lives.
This chart show how they assess the resolution of the problem at the time of the interview.
Research shows that people assess three key elements of their justice journeys:
– Quality of the process
– Quality of the outcome
– Costs of accessing justice
This chart shows how the users of justice in Uganda perceive the three elements of their justice journey.