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, 4 April 2020
JIFA Newsletter #10/2020 - 26 March 2020

In this edition 

- Banks helped rob Uganda of millions of US dollars – constitutional court 

- Damage to the environment resides in a hallowed place - Zambian judge

- Chaotic land ownership records shock Ghana's supreme court

- COVID-19: Can you help us? Can we help you?

Publication Date:
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 - 09:30
JIFA Newsletter #9/2020 - 20 March 2020

In this edition 

- Judicial independence infringed when Uganda's Chief Justice has to 'plead' for funds - constitutional court 

- African lawyers protest as colleagues targeted by police, judiciary

- Covid-19 and the justice and legal sector

- Senior Zimbabwean judge, Francis Bere, at misconduct tribunal

- Just 34, but he has already spent over half his life in a Kenyan jail

Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 - 10:15
JIFA Newsletter #8/2020 - 13 March 2020

In this edition 

- Should South Africa's top court hear a torture dispute implicating Equatorial Guinea's vice president? 

- Angolan lawyer’s arrest, torture condemned by SADC Lawyers’ Association

- Record mysteriously disappears: what should a court do?

- New website of the Seychelles' judiciary to 'help ensure open justice'

Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 - 10:00
JIFA Newsletter #6/2020 - 2 March 2020

In this edition 

- Namibia's anti-graft body targets counsel from South Africa

- When the shepherd becomes a wolf

- Sudan: does it care a damn?

- Coronavirus fears hit law firms, courts; plans for containment

- Kenya and Botswana: why were their recent sodomy judgments so different?

- Law reporting at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights: Aspirations and Challenges (Part II)

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 - 07:45