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Title:The status and rights of judges in Commonwealth Africa: problems and prospects
Author:Shimba, L.
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development
Geographic term:English-speaking Africa
Abstract:Before legal protection of human rights and the maintenance of the rule of law can effectively be realized, there must be independence of the judiciary and of judges. In any society that has respect for the rule of law, judges are held in high esteem. The quality of justice meted out by the courts reflects the professional integrity and the calibre of the kind of people who are appointed to the office of judge. Their professional integrity and ability is reflected through the kind of education and training they undergo, the mode of their appointment, and the existence of legally entrenched safeguards as to their removal, discipline, promotion, and immunity. The author discusses the effectiveness of these safeguards on the basis of experience drawn from independent Africa. He concludes that a number of political, economic and sociocultural factors have operated to distort the status and rights of an African judge. Note, ref.