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Date of Funeral

July 1, 2023


Lady Justice Stella Arach-Amoko has had a long illustrious legal career spanning 44 years. At the time of her death on June 17, 2023, she was serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court, a position she was appointed to in 2013.

She started her career as a Pupil State Attorney in 1979 in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and rose through the ranks to the position of Commissioner in Charge of Civil Litigation. It is from there that she was appointed Judge of the High Court (1997). Justice Stella Arach-Amoko was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2010 where she served for three years before being appointed to the Supreme Court.

In January 2021 she was appointed as a Member of the Judicial Service Commission representing the Judiciary, a position she held until her demise.

In 2006, she was appointed as the Judge of the East African Court of Justice until her elevation to the position of Deputy Principal Judge at the Court in 2008.

Lady Justice Stella Arach- Amoko has been an extraordinary jurist who has been a champion of justice. A mentor to many, Lady Justice Stella Arach-Amoko has been described as an icon of justice, whose legal mind and dedication have left an indelible mark.

Lady Justice Stella Arach- Amoko held many leadership positions including Chairperson of the Law Development Centre Management Committee and President of the National Association of Women Judges.

She was born on 5th October, 1954 and is survived by her husband, Ambassador James Idule Amoko, children and grandchildren.

Professional Career

  • 1979 – Pupil State Attorney
  • 1990 – 1993 Senior State Attorney
  • 1995 – 1997- Commissioner for Civil Litigation
  • September 1997 – Appointed Judge of the High Court
  • November 2006 – Appointed Judge of the East African Court of Justice
  • February 2008 – Appointed Deputy Principal Judge to the East African Court of Justice
  • August 2010 – Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal
  • July 2013 – Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court
  • June 2014-  Chairperson of the Law Development Centre Management Committee.
  • August 2017 – Chairperson of Judicial Training Institute
  • March 2018 – Chairperson Senior Counsel Committee
  • October 2018 – Chairperson of the Judiciary Monitoring Committee
  • January 2021 – Member of Judicial Service Commission


  • 1968 – Ambalai Primary School, Lira
  • 1967 – 1972 Ordinary Level Certificate, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Gulu
  • 1973 – 1975 Advanced Level Certificate of Education, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Namagunga, Lugazi
  • 1975 – 1978 Bachelor of Laws Degree, Makerere University
  • 1979 – Post-Graduate in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre and Master’s Degree at the International Judges Academy, Haifa University, Israel

Positions Held

  • 2007, 2015 – 2020 Member of the Executive of the Uganda Magistrates and Judges Association (UJOA), Former Member of the Judicial Training Committee and Member of the Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA.
  • 2003 – 2005 Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA), Regional Representative.
  • 2004 – 2006 Former Executive Council Member and Vice – Secretary of the East African Magistrates and Judges Association (EAMJA).
  • 2004 – 2006 Member of the Law Council, Board Member for the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, CPAR.(Deals mainly with issues of Northern Uganda and Karamoja),  Represented the Attorney General on the National Medical Stores and Uganda Pharmacy Boards and  Former Chairperson of the Legal Aid Clinic.


  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Dancing

On Friday, 30th June 2023, the cortege will depart from Kampala for Nebbi District for a special joint district council sitting starting at 02:00pm. This will be followed by an overnight vigil at the deceased`s home in Jukia Hill-Nebbi District.

There will be a Requiem Mass at Caritas Grounds in Nebbi District on Saturday, 1st July 2023 starting at 10:00am, followed by burial at the deceased’s home in Jukia Hill-Nebbi District.


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