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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Tuesday, 2 June 2020
JIFA Newsletter #14/2020 - 23 April 2020

In this edition 

- Suspension of Lesotho's parliament 'irrational', 'unlawful' - court 

- Judge orders curfew exemption for Kenya’s lawyers

- 'Just not good enough' - get up to speed for electronic hearings: UK court

Publication Date:
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 11:00
JIFA Newsletter #12/2020 - 9 April 2020

In this edition 

- Fix laws or face huge damages claims – judge warns Malawi lawmakers on the state of COVID-19 disaster legislation

- Controversial Lesotho PM prorogues Parliament, gets taken to court

- Court slams lawyers for not having COVID-19 permits to appear in case

- Judge rejects bid to stop upgrade of 'elite' hospital in Zimbabwe

- Thai judge dies after second suicide attempt

Publication Date:
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 10:45
JIFA Newsletter #13/2020 - 16 April 2020

In this edition 

- Malawian law students lose their challenge to Covid-19 university closure  

- Kenya’s Covid-19 restrictions invalid, unlawful – law society

- As ‘moral Covid-19’ infects Namibia, even legal profession touched by Fishrot bribery scandal

- Costs order a lesson about 'frivolous' Covid-19 claims - labour court

Publication Date:
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 10:45
JIFA Newsletter #11/2020 - 2 April 2020

In this edition 

- Human rights fightback as security forces take abusive action under cover of COVID-19 regulations 

- Repressive policing law: scathing judgment by Uganda's constitutional court

- Sentencing pregnant women in Malawi – judge lays down the law

- Sierra Leone scraps ban on pregnant schoolgirls going to school

- No protection in Zim for pangolin, alleged trigger of world's coronavirus pandemic

Publication Date:
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 - 09:30