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Good news - and bad - for African judiciary charged with wrong-doing

Justice Joseph Wowo, originally of Nigeria, was jailed on corruption charges in January 2014. His trial was seen by many as involving trumped-up charges and he has now won a kind of vindication via the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

In a special statement, the Ecowas court has announced that it has ordered Gambia to pay $200 000 in “nominal damages” to Justice Wowo. Unfortunately, however, no judgment has been released that explains the court's decision.

"Mind boggling" to resolve status of Swazi industrial courts

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At 77 pages, the Supreme Court’s decision on the status of the two Swazi industrial courts has to be one of the longest ever produced in that country.

Five Supreme Court judges wrestled with the complexities but in the end it was authored by Judge “M J” Majahenkhaba Dlamini with the concurrence of the others.

Liberia’s “tardiness” over money laundering investigations “condemned” by West African regional court

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At the heart of the case is Dexter Oil Ltd, based in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, but whose shareholders and directors are Nigerian. Fed up because the Liberian authorities froze $3m that was in Dexter Oil’s account, its directors asked the judges of the regional court – the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – to find that the company’s right to property was violated.

East African Law Society in plan to ease serious tensions between Rwanda, Uganda

As tensions between Rwanda and Uganda heighten, a major lawyers’ organization in the region has stepped forward to offer its help in defusing the situation. This week saw tension escalating further, with several border points between the two countries closed by Rwanda. Kigali has warned its citizens not to travel to Uganda on the grounds that Uganda has detained and deported people from Rwanda.

Appeal court throws out one-sided racism case

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SA is not the only African country where the courts must consider tension build-up between black and white colleagues over allegations of apartheid-style racism.

Last month three judges of Kenya’s court of appeal decided an intriguing dispute between a respected medical research institute with international ties on the one side and six doctors employed by the outfit on the other.