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, 23 August 2019
JIFA Newsletter #23/2019 - IAJ Conference

In this weeks edition:

- IAJ-ARG Conference, 2-6 June 2019

- Top judge pleads for protection of judicial officers

- Judicial officers urged to join associations

- Standing ovation after Chief Justice tells of her judiciary's plight

- "Timorous" judges vs "bold spirits"

- Magistrates are judicial officers, not civil servants - Joasa

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #22/2019 - 13 June

In this weeks edition:

- It's not just sex: sexual orientation discrimination no longer allowed by Botswana's constitution

- Dame Linda Dobbs and the Russian connection

- Courts get wise to Big Tobacco strategies

- Wife "charged" 15 cows by traditional court after husband commits suicide

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 11:45
JIFA Newsletter #21/2019 - 30 May 2019

In this edition:

- Meet the people behind Jifa's judicial training courses

- Don't expect judges to do your work for you, counsel told

- We'll protect you, Brazil's supreme court tells gays; we won't, say Kenya's judges

- Diplomatic immunity challenge for five-state Southern African Customs Union

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 11:30
Spring (Autumn) Cleaning our website

JIFA is working on a new website.  Please visit again in June 2019. In the mean time - you know where to find us! 

Publication Date:
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 - 19:45