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Thursday, 17 January 2019
April 2018 Quarterly Newsletter
THREATS to judicial independence have made troubling headlines in Africa over the last few months, with judges in a number of countries experiencing problems. We in Jifa are concerned about the situation and pledge to keep everyone in our network aware of developments as they come to our notice.   Nowhere have threats to judicial independence sparked more international publicity than in Kenya but reports and judgments from other states show that the judiciary is under pressure elsewhere too.


Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 - 11:45
Seychelles - 3 day training on Judgement Writing

JIFA was invited to do a three day training on judgement writing for the Seychelles judiciary in April. Linda Dobbs and Penny Andrews formed the training team which was well received

Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 - 11:45
Jifa Newsflash - March 2018

Foreign judges on Lesotho bench slam political interference in judicial appointments

THREE foreign judges, invited to sit on Lesotho’s high court, have delivered a damning decision on attempts by that country’s prime minister to appoint his preferred candidate as appeal court president. As Carmel Rickard explains, jurist and legal academic Kananelo Mosito, who had once headed Lesotho’s apex court, was impeached for misconduct and dismissed under a previous government. When the country’s leadership changed last year, however, the incoming prime minister summarily removed the new appeal court president and installed Mosito once again.

Publication Date:
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 - 11:45
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:
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 - 10:00