This project arose out of the meeting between the Chief Justice of Tanzania (CJ), Prof Ibrahim Hamis Juma and Sir James Dingemans, Lord Iain Bonomy and Sarah Cooke, British High Commissioner at the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA) Conference in Dar Es Salaam in September 2017.
The UK government has been supporting Tanzania for some time in its fight against corruption. The CJ had identified a number of ways in which he thought British judges could contribute to the programme of reform of the justice system of Tanzania. It was felt that this was a good opportunity for the British judiciary to attempt to support the Tanzanian judiciary in their efforts to reform court procedures to render them more efficient and effective. The programme is funded by DfID and will initially run for three years. An initial scoping visit was undertaken in January 2019 by by Lord Bonomy, His Honour Nic Madge and the Foundation’s Executive Director, Alison Fenney.
Further visits were undertaken in March and July and the first two training the trainer courses will take place in December 2019 at the Institute of Judicial Administration in Lushoto.