Jifa’s approach to training is based on the belief that judicial learning is best facilitated by the course content being designed by judges themselves and presented by a mix of judges and academic and/or civil society experts. We also believe that training should be practical and delivered in such a way that participates are confident that they have the practical skills to implement their learning back in court. We offer ongoing support and advice for all participates who have completed a course with us.
Jifa offers three courses that are presented at UCT and for which we have donor funding to cover participants’ attendance costs. These courses are listed below . In 2018 we will be introducing a Specialist Human Rights course ( perhaps a clickable hyper link here and have the details of the course down below with the other three. Details of the course are in the newsletter if you can cut and paste here. We also offer bespoke training on request and since 2016 have offered the following bespoke training:
Research and writing skills for legal researchers – we offered this course to legal researchers from the Western Cape High court; the Supreme Court of Appeals in South Africa and the Zimbabwe Judicial Service Commission. The course covers ( Add the blurb on the website here)
5 day judgement writing Course - Ugandan judiciary
3 day Access to Justice and Gender Equality in partnership with Equality Now ( put hyperlink in to their website) for east African judges
2 day judgement writing course for the Seychelles judiciary
Judicial training course for Sierra Leone judiciary
Provision of materials for an anti-corruption training for the Sierra Leone judiciary, prosecution and lawyers
JIFA offers four courses at this stage:
Core Skills for judges
A core team of judges are responsible for developing programmes and curriculum content, working in consultation with the advisory group as well as academic subject specialists and civil society stakeholders to ensure that relevant issues are addressed.
An introduction to Human Rights for Judges
This course aims to develop a broad knowledge of Human Rights Law at an international, regional and national level and to ensure that judges can identify and apply relevant international, regional and national human rights law in their daily decision making as well as apply human rights principles where specific provisions are lacking or unclear.
Research and writing skills for Legal Researchers
This four day course includes judicial ethics, judgement and opinion writing, speed reading , speech writing and editing and research skills.
Judicial leaders retreat
This 5 day course is developed specifically for Chief Justices and Judge Presidents and focusses on leadership skills as well as administrative leadership topics.