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 #20/2021 - 12 June 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- Former Chief Justices join row over Kenya President’s appointment of selected judges only

- Magistrate correct to have woman imprisoned for contempt over child access - Lesotho high court

- Judicial appointments’ problems spread like a virus

Publication Date:
Sat, 12 Jun 2021 - 07:45
JIA Newsletter #19/2021 - 5 June 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- Scrap colonial era common law crime of sodomy, urges Namibia's law reform commission

- Kenya court says no more 'jobs for pals', sets aside 130 appointments

Publication Date:
Sat, 05 Jun 2021 - 07:45
JIA Newsletter #18/2021 - 29 May 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- From the team of Justice in Africa

- Application that Zim’s former CJ be found in contempt of court

- Warnings offered by Zambian land expropriation case

Publication Date:
Sat, 29 May 2021 - 07:45
JIA Newsletter #17/2021 - 22 May 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

Drama as Zim court finds Chief Justice must retire, confusion about an appeal

Tough questions asked about JSC’s role in extending tenure of Zim’s retired CJ

Publication Date:
Sat, 22 May 2021 - 17:00