British judges meet Chief Justice of Tanzania during conference visit

UK judges in Tanzania
The British judges and Sarah Cooke with Tanzania's Hon. Chief Justice. Photo: Twitter/HCSarahCooke

A group of British judges have met with Tanzania’s Hon. Chief Justice Professor Ibrahim Hamis Juma.

Accompanied by Britain’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sarah Cooke, the meeting discussed how the UK can support the Tanzanian judiciary.

The judges are in Dar-es-Salaam for the 2017 Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association conference.

UK judges in Tanzania
The British judges and High Commissioner Sarah Cooke outside Tanzania’s Court of Appeal. Photo: Twitter/HCSarahCooke

The theme of this year’s conference, “Building an Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Judiciary”, is described as being “relevant not only to Judges and Magistrates in the Commonwealth but to the people and other arms of government.”

The first day covered topics including “Building an effective, accountable and inclusive judiciary”, “Tackling delays, financial and procedural constraints on access to justice and corruption for an effective judiciary” and “Improving Judicial Welfare and Working Conditions”.

Tuesday’s keynote speech focused on the “Challenges, or reluctance, to building Inclusiveness and Diversity in the modern judiciary” and yesterday, delegates discussed “Judging and Emotion in the Lower Courts” and “The psychology of Judging”.

Today is the final day of the conference and attendees have been given the opportunity to visit to the historic Island of Zanzibar including a tour of Stone Town, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites which has retained a complex fusion of Swahili, Indian, Arab and European influences in building traditions.

The tour will also include a visit to a Spice Farm to learn about the history of the Spice trade from Zanzibar.