Zimbabwe: Annual Conference of Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum focuses on right to fair trial

The Africa Regional Programme of the ICJ co-hosted the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum Annual Conference in Zimbabwe, held on 27-28 August 2015 under the theme “Guaranteeing the Right to a Fair Trial in Africa; Show casing Best Practice”.

The meeting was organized in conjunction with the Southern Africa Chief Justices’ Forum (SACJF) and the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) of Zimbabwe.

This year it congregated 13 Chief Justices and 120 senior judges from East and Southern Africa.

The overall objective of the conference was to provide space for judiciaries in East and Southern Africa region to share achievements, best practices and innovations in justice delivery.

To this end, the conference sought to create a platform for judiciaries that had excelled in a variety of areas to showcase their achievements.

The programme was divided into three sub-themes, all of which had a direct relationship with the underlying theme of Fair Trial Rights in the Region.

The three sub thematic areas discussed were Appointment procedures, Judicial Training and Judicial Reform Each of the sessions was chaired by one of the Chief Justices, whose role it was to moderate the discussions and the speakers.

The panels had a presentation by a chief justice and experiences from another jurisdiction presented by a senior judge.

The presentations were then considered by discussants who were eminent academics.

Download the final declaration here:

Zimbabwe-SACJF ANNUAL CONFERENCE Declaration-Advocacy-2015-ENG (full text in PDF)

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