Zimbabwe, host of the 7th CJCA Congress (Read more)

Participants at the CJCA General Assembly held from November 22-24, 2022, in Rabat, Morocco have chosen the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe as the host country for the Seventh CJCA Congress, which will take place in 2024.
The countries that were in the running, in this case Gabon, and Mozambique withdrew in favor of Zimbabwe.
Mr. Malaba, President of the SC of Zimbabwe declared that the work of the next Congress will be held in the city of Victoria Falls

Indonesia: 1st Joint CJCA-AACC Conference

A delegation of the CJCA led by its President, Hon. Laurinda Cardoso, participated in the work of the 1st Joint Conference of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts (AACC) and its counterpart the Conference of African Constitutional Jurisdictions (CJCA) held in Bali, Indonesia on October 4, 2022, and this at the opening of the 5th WCCJ.

Nine member jurisdictions of two associations took part in this 1st Joint AACC-CCJA Conference under the theme"Promoting Afro-Asian cooperation for the protection of the fundamental rights of peoples"

The purpose of this Conference, the first of its kind, was to commemorate the "Bandung Declaration" of 1955 and to promote cooperation between the countries of Asia and Africa in the field of constitutional justice, based on respect for fundamental human rights, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations; as well as on equality of all the races and equality of all nations, large and small, as endorsed in the "Bandung Declaration" of 1955.

The2nd Joint AACC-CCJA Conference will be held this time on African soil, in Angola, in 2025.

At the end of the work, the participants adopted the Bali Communiqué.

Morocco: Holding of the 6th Congress of the CJCA (Read more)

The Conference of African Constitutional Jurisdictions - CJCA - will hold its 6th Congress from 22 to 24 November 2022 in Rabat-Morocco, at the kind invitation of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Morocco.
On this occasion, the Conference will bring together the Member African Constitutional Courts and Councils and Supreme Courts, the Constitutional Courts of Russia and Turkey in their capacity as observer members of the CJCA, representatives of the African Union, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, of the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law, as well as regional groups involved in the field of Constitutional Justice, with a total of no less than 120 participants.
The theme of the Congress, proposed by the Host Court, is: "African Constitutional Jurisdictions and International Law"
At its 6th General Assembly, the Conference decided to consider and adopt:
-the moral and financial relationship;
-new memberships;
-the program of activities and the 2022-2024 budget;
-the election of a Secretary General and an Executive Board;
The Congress will decide which country will agree to host the 7th Congress of the CJCA, scheduled for 2024.

Benin: Election of a new President of the Constitutional Court

Acting president of the Constitutional Court since the resignation of Joseph Djogbénou, Razaki Amouda-Issifou officially becomes the president of the high court. He was elected to take charge of the institution on October 11, 2022, by his fellow advisers.

Previously Vice-President and Acting President of the Constitutional Court, Razaki Amouda-Issifou benefited from the confidence of the other members of the institution to pursue his mission. He thus becomes the first person in charge of the Court and leaves the status of “interim president”. Elected President of the Constitutional Court, Razaki Amouda-Issifou hands over his post of Vice-President to Sylvain Nouwatin.

Razaki Amouda-Issifou is a retired magistrate, former deputy and former secretary general of the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (Céna). The new President of the Constitutional Court has also gained experience in the management of local authorities. Indeed in 2010, he was elected Mayor of the commune of Ouassa-Péhunco, which he led until 2015.

The new Vice-President of the Court is also a former magistrate. Former Secretary General of the Constitutional Court (2009 to 2016), Sylvain Nouwatin headed the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (Céna) in the context of the 2006 presidential election.

Liberia: Appointment of a female Chief Justice

New Judge Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh was born in Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. She graduated from high school and graduated from St. Teresa's Convent, a Catholic high school in Monrovia in 1974, after which she enrolled at Cuttington University College (CUC), now Cuttington University (CU), in Suakoko, Bong County, in pursuit of her higher education where she graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science.

In 1979, Justice Yuoh enrolled at the Louis Arthur Grimes Law School at the University of Liberia, where she trained as a lawyer. In 1981, she successfully completed her law studies and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) she was later admitted to the National Bar Association of Liberia as a lawyer. She was also admitted as a law clerk to the Supreme Court Bar in 1988.

PUBLIC & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh began her professional career in the Executive Branch of the Republic of Liberia, first in the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Minister of Legal Affairs from 1983 to 1985, in the Ministry of as Coordinator of African Affairs, 1988 - 1990, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) as Corporate Secretary/Deputy Legal Counsel/Secretary, Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from 2000 to 2003 and and finally at the Law Reform Commission, where she served as Acting Executive Director and Commissioner from July 2011 to April 2013, respectively.

In 2013, Madam Justice Yuoh was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Madam Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh served as Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 1994 to 1998; was a founding member of the Association of Women Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and served as its first vice-president from 1997 to 1998; Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 2012 to 2013 and also served as President of the Maryland County Local Bar Association in 2013.

Abdullah Abu Rzeza, named president of the Supreme Court of Libya

The General Assembly of the Supreme Court of Libya chose Counsellor Abdullah Muhammad Abu Rizeza as its president. replacing Counselor Muhammad Al-Hafi, who realized retirement

Counsel Abdullah Abu Rizeza has been a member of the Supreme Court circuit since 2017, and his origins go back to the southern region of Libya (Fezzan Province).

Abu Rizeza worked earlier as head of the Center for Judicial Expertise, and during his work at the center, he conducted development operations for the departments affiliated with the center, and established several new departments, such as: The Criminal Experience Department
He also worked on developing the center's staff, facilitating their access to several training courses with the aim of developing them at home and abroad, and opening a number of branches in various regions and cities, especially in the fields of forensic medicine and the counterfeiting and counterfeiting department.
During his work, Abu Rizeza considered the principle of the independence of the judiciary from politics, and the guarantee of the unity of the judiciary in all cities and regions, unlike other institutions that suffered from division due to the political situation.

The Supreme Court in Libya is the highest judicial authority and exercises its jurisdiction as a constitutional court, a court of cassation, in civil, commercial, and legal matters, an administrative court, a special court for electoral appeals, in addition to the role of fatwa and legislation since its establishment.

Equatorial Guinea: change of President of the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Tribunal of Equatorial Guinea has a new president in the person of: Antonio Nzambi Nlonga. He was appointed by decree number dated September 2, 2022, the new president of this constitutional body.

Nzambi Nlonga replaces Fermín Nguema Esono Mbengono, the outgoing president, who was appointed magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Antonio Nzambi Nlong has held various responsibilities within the administration of justice.

-Secretary of State for Justice, Worship, and Institutions.

-Member of the Law Codification Commission of Equatorial Guinea.

-Member of the Constitution Review Commission in 2011.

-State Attorney General

The Constitutional Court of Equatorial Guinea has been a member of the CJCA since April 2017.

Senegal: new President of the Constitutional Council

Mamadou Badio Camara, magistrate, is the new president of the Constitutional Council. He was appointed by presidential decree on September 1, 2022, replacing Pape Oumar Sakho, appointed in 2016 and whose term expired on August 11.

An appointment that sanctions a long career as a prosecutor. He capitalizes on more than forty years of experience, punctuated by an impressive professional career.

A graduate of the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM), the Sage occupied from 1977 to 1991, first substitute at the prosecutor's office in Dakar, from 1977 to 1984, then Public Prosecutor in Kaolack then in Ziguinchor, from from 1984.

From 1991 to 1993, he was at the Dakar Court of Appeal as General Substitute. From 1993 to 1998, he was Deputy Prosecutor in Dakar. Before being appointed adviser then secretary general, at the Court of Cassation until 2008. Year in which he was appointed to the Supreme Court First as Secretary General and President of the Chamber (2008 to 2013), then General Prosecutor (August 2013) and finally First President, in April 2015.

Mamadou Badio Camara, former United Nations expert, member of the commission of inquiry into the situation of political prisoners in Burundi (Bujumbura, 1999-2000), is also a former expert for the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) for criminal justice support missions in Haiti (2007 and 2008), former Vice-President of the United Nations Committee against Enforced Disappearances (Geneva, 2011-2015) and Vice-President of AHJUCAF.