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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Wednesday, 22 September 2021
JIA Newsletter #24/2021 - 10 July 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action Newsletter

- Death penalty case re-visited by Kenya supreme court

- School’s demand that Rasta boy cut his dreadlocks ‘unconstitutional’, court finds

- Zambian statesman Kenneth Kaunda ‘not an ordinary person’ – high court

Publication Date:
Sat, 10 Jul 2021 - 10:45
JIA Newsletter #23/2021 - 3 July 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa Newsletter

- From the team of Justice in Africa

- Litigant faces criminal investigation after telling court to ‘stick its apology in its arse’

- Under-age rape trial in Malawi results in steamy judgment by court

Publication Date:
Sat, 03 Jul 2021 - 10:45
JIA Newsletter #22/2021 - 26 June 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action Newsletter

- From the Team of Justice in Africa

- ‘The law cannot be adhered to in part’ - Malawian court on dispute over police officer sacked for nude photos

- Time to end mandatory death penalty in Zambia?

- In Memoriam Chief Justice Mambilima

Publication Date:
Sat, 26 Jun 2021 - 10:00
JIA Newsletter #21/2021 - 19 June 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- Media reports of unlawful home ‘invasion’ by private investigators amount to defamation – Eswatini supreme court

- 'Integrity arm' of State given prominence in new Kenyan decision

Publication Date:
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 - 10:00