Zimbabwe: training workshop for judicial researchers

The ICJ in collaboration with the Judicial Institute of Africa (JIFA) and Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) convened a three-day training workshop for Zimbabwe court researchers.

The training workshop was held from the 21 to 23 October 2019 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The judicial research programme is an initiative that was established to increase the research capabilities of the researchers, which would in turn improve the jurisprudence emerging from the courts.

Court researchers play a crucial role in the development of Zimbabwean jurisprudence through the work they undertake on behalf of the judges.

Furthermore, the increased efficiency that they bring to the courts allows judges to expend more of their efforts on well-informed analysis and administration of cases.

This brings a better quality of justice and reduces waiting periods for judgments and case backlog.

Arnold Tsunga the Director of the Africa Regional Programme of the ICJ remarked that “given the importance of the space that these researchers occupy, it is important to ensure that their legal knowledge and skills continue to be relevant and comprehensive so that they can provide a service of quality that adequately responds to the needs of judges. This in turn will also contribute to attainment of the UN Strategic Develop Goal (SDG) 16 and 5 on access to justice for all as well as SDG 5 on leaving no one behind.”

The areas of discussion for the three-day training workshop focused on judicial ethics, accessing judgments, accessing research materials, judgment writing and memo writing.

The training workshop was facilitated by judges, university teaching staff, and external resources. Twenty researchers are took part in the training workshop, including 17 women.


Arnold Tsunga, t: +26377728 3248; e: arnold.tsunga(a)icj.org

Rumbidzai Muyendesi, t: +263771666579; e: rumbidzai.muyendesi(a)icj.org

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