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Jifa Newsflash - February 2018

Namibian Supreme Court outlaws ultra-long prison sentences

IN an important new decision, Namibia’s highest court has held that judges in that country may not impose jail terms that are “longer than a life sentence”. Prisoners serving life may be considered for possible parole after 25 years, and the Supreme Court has now held that any sentence in which parole is not at least notionally possible after 25 years, would be unconstitutional.


Publication Date:
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00
Jifa Newsflash - January 2018

Uganda: Judicial Independence Reaffirmed

JUDGES of Uganda’s constitutional court have come to the rescue of two judicial colleagues, finding that the statutory five-year limited term of office of the industrial court bench undermined judicial independence and was unconstitutional and therefore invalid.

Publication Date:
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00
January 2018 JIFA Newsletter

Greetings colleagues

2017 saw many challenges for judiciaries in Africa, including a number of threats from the executive, electoral difficulties and political instability, as well as many examples of extraordinary judicial independence and courage. Some examples that come to mind are the Kenyan Constitutional Court’s decision to nullify the elections ; Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice and JSC’s  fearless defence of the system of judicial appointments; The Seychelles Appeal Court judges speaking truth even when it involved one of their own; Malawi trying  its first case under their new Gender Equality Act;  Zambia grappling with balancing the rights of traditional culture, freedom of religion and international law and constitutional obligations and Uganda fleshing out the issue of the  awarding of cost orders in Constitutional matters under the new constitution. 

Publication Date:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 08:45
2nd Introduction to Human Rights Course

JIFA is running its 2nd "Introduction to Human Rights for Judges" course this week. There are 23 participants from 10 different SADC countries attending the course.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:45