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, 6 December 2019
JIFA Newsletter #44/2019 - 15 November

In this edition 

- Why has Uganda’s important new human rights law not been officially promulgated?

- 'Satan did it', claims rape accused 

- Judiciaries leading free access to law movement in Africa

- South African Police refuse to act against criminals targeting 'foreign truck drivers'  -  top judge wants action

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 09:15
JIFA Newsletter #45/2019 - 22 November

In this edition 

- Tanzanian judges: nowhere to hide under-performance

- Kenyan judge upholds dismissal of alcohol-addicted senior magistrate

- Access to law includes access to unreported cases as well

- Attorney, fugitive from justice, sues Chief Justice but loses 

- Med Kaggwa, Ugandan human rights defender RIP

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 09:15
JIFA Newsletter #43/2019 - 8 November

In this edition 

- Convicted of genocide, former Rwandan cabinet minister loses last attempt to stay out of jail

- Kenya's Chief Justice shines YouTube light on tension with government

- Widow's rights upheld in customary law dispute 

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 09:15
JIFA Newsletter #42/2019 - 24 October

In this edition 

- No more child brides says Tanzania's highest court

- Don’t like a court judgment? Just change the law, why don’t you?

- Cabinet Minister ignored 'God-given blessing' - Lesotho court

- In their own words ...

- Wake up to Kenya’s economic realities, judge tells Kenya School of Law

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 09:00