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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Monday, 20 January 2020
JIFA Newsletter #33/2019 - 22 August

In this edition 

- Daughters: 'children of a lesser god’

- Both Lesotho's top judges facing suspension

- Former judge Michael Ramodibedi RIP

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #32/2019 - 15 August

In this edition 

- A challenge for women in Kenya: get this law changed

- Swazi court refuses bail for suspected human trafficker

- Mentally ill man can’t be returned to Sierra Leone – UK courts

- ABA Profile of the Legal Profession: 2019

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #31/2019 - 8 August

In this edition 

- Editorial: Women’s Month in the courts

- Judge slams domestic violence, femicide and urges tougher sentences

- Unilateral salary hike by Uganda's MPs ‘unconstitutional' - highest court 

- Planned changes to Zambia’s constitution ‘infringe judicial independence’ 

- RIP Seychelles Justice Prithviraj Fekna


Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #30/2019 - 1 August

In this edition 

- Who won this battle of judge vs judges in Seychelles?

- Top Malawi officials face jail after contempt of court finding

- Army officers keep their 10 parliamentary seats in Uganda

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:45