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 FCDO and the European Union 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 2019. In December, in collaboration with the Judicial College and the Tanzanian Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA), the Foundation delivered its first Training the Trainers course in Tanzania. This was delivered firstly to 20 High Court Judges and then to 25 Magistrates. The topics covered included an introduction to training skills, judicial reasoning, consistency in sentencing and effective case management. We were delighted that the British High Commissioner, Ms Sarah Cooke, took the time to visit the training and presented law books provided by the International Law Books Facility to the IJA . A short clip of the High Commissioner and HH Nic Madge speaking about the training can be found here Video