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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Friday, 21 February 2020
JIFA Newsletter #4/2020 - 14 February 2020

In this edition 

- Relatives of Lesotho's PM appeal bail granted to his 3rd wife, charged with murdering wife number two 

- Uganda judiciary to hold court in refugee camps; warn police on judicial independence 

- Top court reigns in Kenya's President over judicial appointments

Publication Date:
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 - 08:45
JIFA Newsletter #3/2020 - 7 February 2020

In this edition 

- 'Inescapable conclusion': Malawi polls fatally flawed, say concourt judges 

- Judges' scandal in South Africa raises questions over Judicial Service Commission 

- This woman is supposed to be a leader, not a 'flower-girl'

Publication Date:
Wed, 12 Feb 2020 - 10:30
JIFA Newsletter #2/2020 - 31 January 2020

In this edition 

- Lesotho’s King urged: don't appoint ACJ as Chief Justice 

- 'Silent', 'curt', law society admonished by Namibian high court

- Speedy justice puts brakes on attempted fraud

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 Feb 2020 - 09:45
JIFA Newsletter #1/2020 - 24 January 2020

In this edition 

- The Gambia wins first round in genocide case 

- Judge Mathilda Twomey of Seychelles to step down as Chief Justice

- HIV+ prisoners' victory opens door to rights-based legal action

- Should recalcitrant county officials pay for environmental restoration from their own pockets? 

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 Feb 2020 - 09:30