Thirteen judges of Rwanda's newly established Court of Appeal took oath Wednesday, paving way for its operation.
The judges who were appointed by the cabinet in July were sworn in at a ceremony at the parliament in the capital city of Kigali.
The Court of Appeal formerly established in May is expected to start with hearing of criminal and civil cases on appeal, which have been pending in the Supreme Court for between six months and one year.
Initially, cases of appeal in Rwanda were being handled by the Supreme Court. Officiating at the ceremony, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the Court of Appeal will ensure that justice will be served expeditiously.
With the new Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court will now focus on upholding the Constitution and ensuring that the laws of Rwanda are in line with the Constitution, Kagame said.
New judges of the Supreme Court, High Court and Commercial High Court were also sworn in at the ceremony.Kagame cautioned judges against corruption and urged them to always deliver fair justice to build confidence in the judiciary.