Republic of Seychelles Chief Justice Dr Mathilda Twomey welcomed delegates from the Southern African Chief Justices Forum member states to the Annual SACJF Conference in her country.
She stressed the critical importance of judicial independence, impartiality and accountability for the constitutional system.
At the international conference, Chris Oxtoby from the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at UCT, one of our partner organisations in South Africa, discussed the practical implementation of the Lilongwe Principles on the selection and appointment of judicial officers adopted in 2018. They had been drafted over several years with support from the DGRU team. What reforms are necessary in the different member states, and how to best achieve them?
The Lilongwe Principles had been drafted in a collaborative process facilitated by the DGRU and adopted at the Annual SACJF Conference in Malawi in 2018.
Once implemented in all the member countries who adopted them, they can make a tremendous contribution to secure an independent judiciary that truly works without fear or favour.
An article in a national paper of the Seychelles highlights the importance of the SACJF Conference: