Access to updated legal resources is an ongoing challenge for those who work in grassroots community justice institutions. Few advice offices have well-functioning computers; internet access is a luxury and resource manuals are often out of date and not shared between staff.
In order to address this problem, the DGRU and AfricanLII have developed a cellphone app for South African community based paralegals paralegals. It contains the 2015 Black Sash paralegal manual, relevant case law and legislation and news about relevant legal developments. Once downloaded onto the phone, it is available offline , providing easy and cheap access to legal resources.
The app can be downloaded from the Play Store. Search for Paralegal Pocketlaw.
The Judicial Institute for Africa( JIFA), a joint initiative of the DGRU, Southern African Chief Justices Forum and ICJ- Africa , is hosting their annual core skills short course for judges . It will be attended by 24 judges from 11 SADC countries and will be run from 24 – 28 April 2017 in the Moot court. The programme is run by a core faculty of judges including Dame Linda Dobbs DBE ( Director of Programmes) and Justice Key Dingake ( UCT Alumnus and Honorary Professor of Public Law) , as well as a number of other judges from the SADC region. Academic experts such as Professor Penny Andrews and Professor Hugh Corder will also contribute to the programme as well as a team of post-graduate students from the faculty who will demonstrate some hypothetical scenarios around motions and applications.
The Department of Public Law welcomed Hiroshige Fujii from November 2016 to March 2017 who is a member of the United Nations University Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (2016-2017) and a Ph.D. Candidate (Human Security) in the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he earned an Advanced LL.M specialized in International Criminal Law at Grotius Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
The DGRU, AfricanLII and Saflii are proud to announce the launch of a joint project - Pocket Law - An offline, updatable resource of legal information. After a year spent developing and perfecting pocket law, we finally launched Pocket Law to the Faculty of Law staff at UCT, on the 24th May 2016.