The Judicial Institute for Africa( JIFA), a joint initiative of the DGRU, Southern African Chief Justices Forum and ICJ- Africa , is hosting their annual core skills short course for judges . It will be attended by 24 judges from 11 SADC countries and will be run from 24 – 28 April 2017 in the Moot court. The programme is run by a core faculty of judges including Dame Linda Dobbs DBE ( Director of Programmes) and Justice Key Dingake ( UCT Alumnus and Honorary Professor of Public Law) , as well as a number of other judges from the SADC region. Academic experts such as Professor Penny Andrews and Professor Hugh Corder will also contribute to the programme as well as a team of post-graduate students from the faculty who will demonstrate some hypothetical scenarios around motions and applications.
From April 3 – 7 2017, the Judicial Service Commission will be interviewing the prospective new Deputy Chief Justice and President of the Supreme court of Appeal, as well as candidates for positions on the Constitutional Court, High Court, Labour Court and Electoral Court. The DGRU has prepared a research report on the judicial track records of all the candidates.
The JSC has announced 11 vacancies for judicial positions. The vacancies include 1 Constitutional Court and 5 judicial leadership positions.
The deadline for nominations is 3 February 2017, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the JSC’s sitting between 3 – 7 April 2017 in Midrand.
The African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Southern Africa Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) last week announced the Free Access to Law in Africa (FALA) Awards. The awards are instituted in recognition of actors whose support for access to law enhance value for legal information, while also expanding the frontiers of free access to legal information in Africa. Juta was the key sponsor of this event which drew the Lii’s from around Africa to discuss strategies for future collaboration to meet their mandates. In his opening speech, policy and advocacy lead Oluwatoyin Badejogbin said AfricanLII and Saflii are focused on facilitating unhindered access to legal information, but there is a complex context to these efforts that is often overlooked. 'The same applies to all the legal information institutes that are gathered here. We all work within a context that could make or mar, or stultify the highly beneficial social value that we bring to society, as has often been the case. Typically, it is the politics surrounding access to information that readily springs to mind when we talk about the context of our work – the pervasive lack of attention that policy makers pay to the citizen’s right to access information. In the more pertinent legal context, it is the tendency of policy makers to prioritise other developmental programmes, to only see the relevance of courts and the law when the exercise of public power is being challenged,' he said.