Judges Matter intends to enhance judicial governance, which we define as appointments as well as conduct, thereby strengthening the rule of law in Africa.
Judges Matter say that good appointments make for good judges; good judges who are trained and supported make for good judgments; and good judgments take forward the rights and governance framework, develop and strengthen the rule of law, and contribute to social justice.
Transparency and advocacy in the appointments process and conduct of the judiciary will result in strengthening the JSC as a system. That will result in better judges, and thus better judgments.
Factors affecting the appointments process include briefing patterns, acting appointments, poor candidates, inconsistent questioning, inadequate application of criteria, and a clumsy application of the transformation criteria in the constitution.
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