Senior Researcher Ms Tabeth Masengu will be undertaking a year long research stay in Ghent Belgium. This is part of her joint PhD programme and it commences from 1 September 2017. Tabeth is the first member of the law faculty and law PhD student registered at UCT to undertake a joint doctoral programme and is a pioneer in this regard. Her research questions interrogates the formal and informal aspects of the judicial appointment process that impede women's ascension to the bench. Her dissertation uses South Africa and Zambia as case studies and delves further into a research interest that created the Gender transformation arm of the DGRU work.
The JSC will be interviewing candidates for appointment to the High Court at its sitting in Midrand from 2 – 6 October 2017. Click here for the shortlisted candidates.
Access to updated legal resources is an ongoing challenge for those who work in grassroots community justice institutions. Few advice offices have well-functioning computers; internet access is a luxury and resource manuals are often out of date and not shared between staff.
In order to address this problem, the DGRU and AfricanLII have developed a cellphone app for South African community based paralegals. It contains the 2015 Black Sash paralegal manual, relevant case law and legislation and news about relevant legal developments. Once downloaded onto the phone, it is available offline , providing easy and cheap access to legal resources.
The app can be downloaded from the Play Store. Search for Paralegal Pocketlaw.
JIFA will be hosting its first Judicial leaders retreat 24-28 July in Cape Town. It will be attended by 7 Chief Justices from SADC as well as 11 other senior judges. The faculty includes retired Justices Linda Dobbs ( DBE) ; Dikgang Moseneke; Kate O’Regan; the Chief Justice of Malawi and Supreme Court of Appeal of New York Judge Karen Peters. The Programme can be seen here.