DGRU recognises judicial governance as a special focus because of its central role in adjudicating and mediating uncertainties in constitutional governance. We have an interest in ensuring that the judicial branch of government is strengthened, is independent, and has integrity.
The DGRU's primary focus is on the relationship between governance and human rights, and has established itself as one of South Africa's leading research centres in the area of judicial governance, conducting research on the judicial appointments process, judicial ethics and on the future institutional modality of the judicial branch of government.
The DGRU's focus on judicial governance has led to it making available to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) research reports on candidates for judicial appointment, as well as DGRU researchers attending, monitoring and commenting on the interviews of candidates for judicial appointment. Such reports have been complied for the September 2009, October 2010 and April 2011 interviews.
The intention of these reports is to assist the JSC by providing an objective insight into the judicial records of the short-listed candidates. The reports are also intended to provide civil society and other interested stakeholders with an objective basis on which to assess candidates' suitability for appointment to the bench.The reports are avaiable under our research reports section