The objective of this project was to strengthen capacity of the JSI to develop and deliver relevant and practical training thereby improving the quality and capacity of judiciary staff and judicial officers in the administration of justice in Uganda, and contributing to improved quality and access to justice for the public.
The project targeted “officers of the court” including those in the wider Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) institutions, such as prosecutors, investigators, probation officers, police court orderlies and court prison officers. At the same time, it also tackled the relations with other stakeholders in the justice sector, such as the police, prosecutions, prisons, advocates, and the public, to administer and deliver prompt and fair justice.
This project was financed under the Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-secondary Education and Training Capacity (NPT) which has been closed in 2012. After the completion of the NPT project, five PhD candidates of JSI have continued to benefit from the Nuffic support programme for their studies. These candidates have been engaged in part-time studies while performing their normal tasks and duties at JSI and in the Ugandan judiciary. CILC received a lump sum of €102.005 to finance these PhD and MA studies until June 2015. Out of the five candidates, three have completed their studies by October 2014.
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- Judicial Studies Institute, Uganda 29 October 2011“Curriculum development reaches completion; First course delivery to be expected” Curriculum development is the core business of the NUFFIC-funded project aiming to strengthen the Judicial Studies Institute in Kampala, Uganda (2009-2012). Currently the development of twelve new courses is reaching completion. Since mid-2010, a team of highly motivated course developers, most of them part-time lecturers from within the Judiciary, has developed these courses under the supervision of a Uganda expert in education and didactics and a Dutch expert from Utrecht University in legal curriculum development and teaching. The courses are primarily skills-based and cover a wide variety of relevant topics, including judgment drafting, criminal procedure, ethics and integrity, ICT for judicial and non-judicial officers, and communication skills. A testing phase concerning the delivery of five selected courses is expected to take place in the first half of 2012. Steps will also be undertaken to guarantee the further implementation of course...
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- Boost to the development of courses for judicial officers in Uganda 20 October 2010The Judicial Studies Institute (JSI) in Uganda’s capital Kampala was established in 2004, but has so far only provided training for judicial officers on a very limited scale. Moreover, the few existing courses are too short and theoretical in order to prepare judges, registrars and magistrates for their daily work . For example, the induction course for newly appointed judges and lower-ranked magistrates takes only two weeks and participants do not get any practical training in judicial and managerial skills such as the drafting of judgments, the hearing of witnesses, court management, computer skills, communications etc. Also an enhanced knowledge of some legal issues is required, for example cases dealing with land issues, which are not only common but also often complex in Uganda where the majority of the rural poor depend on land for making a livelihood and where national and customary laws often conflict. In addition, more attention...
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