The Independence of the Judiciary in Namibia

Edited by Nico Horn and Anton Bösl

Also available in Deutsch

This book offers an insight into the inner life of Namibia’s judicial system: its structure and the mechanisms inherent in the system to ensure the independence of the judiciary. It discusses the implications and limitations of an independent judiciary in the country, and debates the independence and uniqueness of the Namibian prosecutorial authority.

Contributors 5
Foreword
Peter Shivute
10
Introduction
Nico Horn and Anton Bösl
12
SECTION I:
The paradigm of an independent judiciary
The paradigm of an independent judiciary:
Its history, implications and limitations in Africa

Joseph B Diescho
17
SECTION II:
The independence of the judiciary in preindependent Namibia
The independence of the judiciary in pre-independent Namibia:
Legal challenges under the pre-independence Bill of Rights (1985–1990)

Nico Horn
45
SECTION III:
The structure of the Namibian judicial system
The structure of the Namibian judicial system and
its relevance for an independent judiciary

Sam K Amoo
69
SECTION IV:
The independence of the prosecutorial authority
The uniqueness of the Namibian Prosecutor-General
Lovisa Indongo
99
The independence of the prosecutorial authority of South Africa and Namibia:
A comparative study

Nico Horn
113
SECTION V:
The independence of the Lower Courts of Namibia
The Magistrates Act of Namibia and the independence of magistrates
Kaijata NG Kangueehi
137
Traditional courts in Namibia – part of the judiciary?
Jurisprudential challenges of traditional justice

Manfred O Hinz
149
SECTION VI:
The independence of the Superior Courts
Politics and judicial decision-making in Namibia:
Separate or connected realms

Peter VonDoepp
177
The role of the executive in safeguarding the
independence of the judiciary in Namibia

Oliver C Ruppel
207
Appointing acting judges to the Namibian bench:
A useful system or a threat to the independence of the judiciary?

Norman Tjombe
229
The right to an independent and impartial tribunal:
A comparative study of the Namibian judiciary and international judges

Francois-Xavier Bangamwabo
243
SECTION VII:
Beyond the Namibian Judiciary
The independence of the Ombudsman in Namibia
Katharina G Ruppel-Schlichting
271
The independence of the legal profession in Namibia
Clive L Kavendjii and Nico Horn
291
Legal education and academic freedom in Namibia
Isabella Skeffers
311

Author

Dr. Dr. Anton Bösl

published

Namibia, November 14, 2008

ISBN

978-99916-0-807-5

Detail of the cover