Evolve's work began by supporting beneficiaries of the decision in Susan Kigula v. 417 Ors.
That decision held the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional, triggering work over more than a decade to ensure that every person wrongly incarcerated on death row had opportunity to present mitigation and be sentenced afresh.
Evolve assisted in drafting legal submissions, organising file tracing, developing a pilot program of social enquiry reports into offenders' backgrounds, and offering technical support to advocates in court.
Evolve offers urgent technical assistance in capital cases in Uganda.
We assist in identifying and organising competent representation for capital appellants; our barristers offer assistance with case preparation and legal arguments, and support and mentor advocates in court.
Our goal is to ensure that every inmate on Death Row in Uganda receives a fair trial, including at the sentencing phase, in accordance with international and domestic human rights standards.
Evolve has been working with the Ugandan Judiciary since 2018 to develop new High Court Sentencing Guidelines.
Evolve organised a two day sentencing conference that took place as part of the 20th Annual Judge's conference in Uganda, presenting research on sentencing consistency, and on other sentencing themes.
In 2019 Evolve organised for a delegation of the Ugandan Sentencing Guidelines Committee to benchmark practises and systems in the UK.
New guidelines are now being finalised for anticipated release in 2022. Evolve has provided expert input into their provisions and will assist with implementation, training, and impact monitoring.