Core Skills for Judges:
This course covers core issues such as judicial independence and ethics; motions and applications; judgement writing etc.
JIFA publishes a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard and provides commentary on recent African case law.
JIFA offers a number of certified 5 day courses including core skills for Judicial Officers, an Introduction to Human Rights for Judicial Officers and specialist Human Rights Course for Judicial Officers

The Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) is based at the University of Cape Town and is a partnership between the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) and the Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF)

JIFA complements the work being done by domestic judicial institutes in Africa where they exist and offers opportunities for judges from jurisdictions where there are no judicial institutes to participate in courses for professional development.

We currently have a number of courses on offer and can also design and present bespoke courses on request.

We are distinct from other training institutes on the continent, in that we offer a bouquet of ongoing resources and support to judges once training has been completed.  

As well as offering University of Cape Town certified short courses, we publish a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard

JIFA is a member of the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN).

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Saturday, 8 May 2021
JIA Newsletter #13/2021 - 24 April 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- Faced with 'wrongful allegations' of bribery, judge recuses herself

- Newborn twins born to gay parents, in maze over Namibian citizenship

Publication Date:
Sat, 24 Apr 2021 - 10:45
JIA Newsletter #12/2021 - 17 April 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action Newsletter

Police rape spree: huge compensation awarded by Malawi court

Judge stands down, citing 'intensity of insolence' from counsel

Publication Date:
Sat, 17 Apr 2021 - 12:00
JIA Newsletter #11/2021 - 10 April 2021

In this edition of the Justice In Action Newsletter

- Malawi's human rights commission recommends compensation for women sexually harassed by country's broadcasting boss

- Dispute over sitting Ugandan judges appointed to head prosecution arm

Publication Date:
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 - 11:15
JIA Newsletter #10/2021 - 3 April 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action Newsletter

- Judges told not to make traditional rituals a condition of bail in sexual assault cases

- Landmark sexual harassment case in Malawi

- Majority of Zambia's constitutional court: We are bound by this high court decision

- African Court’s existence threatened by lack of cooperation from AU states

Publication Date:
Sat, 03 Apr 2021 - 11:15