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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Monday, 20 January 2020
JIFA Newsletter #41/2019 - 18 October

In this edition 

- 15 y.o. jailed for life. Now African Court orders reparations for 'lost youth'

- Tanzania's court of appeal overturns decision that found parts of electoral law invalid

- All three top posts in Zambia’s judiciary held by women – Chief Justice Irene Mambilima 

- In memoriam

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 09:00
JIFA Newsletter #40/2019 - 11 October

In this edition 

- Editorial

- Thai judge shoots himself in court: protest at ‘political interference’

- We can’t change death penalty - Tanzanian high court

- Witchcraft trial adds 7 more to Tanzania's death row 

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 08:45
JIFA Newsletter #39/2019 - 4 October

In this edition 

- Statute vs Statue: when judges become art critics

- Judges critical of Lesotho Parliament's work, punt constitutional changes

- Kenyan judge declares Rastafarianism a religion: but what’s its history?

- Poaching case victory highlights prosecution challenges 

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 - 08:45
JIFA Newsletter #38/2019 - 27 September

In this edition 

- Tanzanian lawyers in uproar after judge suspends their immediate past president from practice

- Lesotho's Acting Chief Justice names fellow judges likely biased against her

- Judge & applicant instructed same legal counsel: grounds for recusal?

- Girl power in action at Kenya court

Publication Date:
Fri, 27 Sep 2019 - 11:30