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Friday, 17 August 2018
Press Release: Kenya: Supreme Court Asserted 'Centrality of Rule of Law'

On the 1st of September, 2017 the Supreme Court of Kenya annulled the Presidential election held on the 8th of August 2017 and ordered a re-run within 60 days. The ruling was made as a result of a petition by the leader of the opposition, Raila Odinga, in which he sought nullification of the results of the elections on the basis that it was marred by breaches of the law and many irregularities.

In annulling the elections, the court per, Maraga CJ writing the majority judgment in 4 - 2 decision said: "Taking the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the constitution".

In its ruling the court emphasised that the re-run be conducted " in conformity with the Constitution and the applicable laws". In so holding the court affirmed that the credibility of the Kenyan elections would be judged by the extent to which they comply with constitutional principles.

 

Publication Date:
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:30
Continental Conference on Collaboration between the Judiciary and Community Justice Institutions on Access to Justice, in Kigali on 22-24 August 2017.

The main theme for the conference is derived from a vision for a three-fold transformation of Practice, Policy and Perceptions in Judiciary and Community Justice Institutions (CJI) collaboration. The Conference influenced attitudes and behaviours across the entire value-chain of justice delivery from the community to the highest courts of the land in order to foster greater synergy, mutual support, and collaboration. It focused on existing practices (especially good practices) and policies; lessons learnt across different legal jurisdictions (e.g. Anglophone, Lusophone, Francophone and Arabophone); gaps; opportunities; solutions and innovations. The conference featured key stakeholders including; CJI practitioners, judges, policy makers, representatives of lawyers, police, development partners, academics, traditional or faith leaders and others.

Our primary goals were to promote the collaboration between the Judiciary and home-grown/Community Justice, to formalize this collaboration and to appeal for a formal recognition of the work of paralegals, home-grown/community Justice Institutions on the African continent.  There were many topics covered during the conference and the panellists amongst which, Chief justices, Ministers, deputy ministers, academics, United Nation representatives, Representatives of Civil Society Organisations, Representatives of diplomatic missions, did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with the participants.

Publication Date:
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:45
Sabatical - Tabeth Masengu

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.

Publication Date:
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:15
JSC Shortlisted Candidates

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.

Publication Date:
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00

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