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, 26 September 2020
JIFA courses and other news

It is with great excitement that we can at last share with you our vision and plans for JIFA for the next 3 years. We have received funding from USAID for 3 years and our main aim is that by the end of the 3 years we will have developed JIFA into a self-sustainable training institution to serve African judiciaries. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 - 09:45
JIFA Newsletter #36/2020 - 19 September 2020

In this edition of the Justice In Action newsletter

- Controversial Ugandan retired military officer loses court bid to prevent arrest during election run-up

- Sewage is ‘not a public friend’

- Kenya's apex court confirms 'novel' rights of victim's counsel

Publication Date:
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 - 08:00
JIFA Newsletter #35/2020 - 12 September 2020

In this edition of the Justice In Africa newsletter

- From the Justice in Africa team

- Litigation in Lesotho as King declines to appoint judges

- Kenya pressurised by big oil to backtrack on plastic ban

- Court finds against ‘back door emergency’ in Malawi

Publication Date:
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 12:15
JIFA Newsletter #34/2020 - 5 September 2020

In this edition of the Justice In Action newsletter

- High Court grants bail to Zimbabwe opposition leader, journalist

- SCA cases show up long delays in delivering judgments

- Change company law to allow virtual AGMs, Uganda high court urges 

Publication Date:
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 12:00