Simon Jiyane

Adv Simon JiyaneAdv Simon Jiyane. 

A Professional Manager, Court Consultant and a constitutional expert of repute based on his long and illustrious career in all spheres of Courts in South Africa, having started as a Prosecutor, Presiding Magistrate, State Advocate and eventually appointed to be the Head of the Court Services Branch within the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in South Africa.

He is the former Deputy Director General in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and has almost twenty six years of experience in court and judicial reforms in South Africa since after the dawn of democracy.

His extensive knowledge and experience in the management of courts is unsurpassed.  As the Head of Court Services, he managed a budget of ± R5 billion.  Some of the changes he introduced in the Department is the premium project, called Re Aga Boswa (Rebuilding the court administration), which was meant to overhaul all business processes in the Courts to make them effective and efficient, through the introduction and the appointment of Court Managers in the South African Courts. The appointment of the High Courts’ Registrars to assist the judiciary in caseflow management. The introduction of Case- Flow Management in all Courts in South Africa was one of his personal projects to improve the management of cases at Court level.

During 2014 he trained and helped the Constitutional Review Committee of South Sudan in drafting their new constitution. In 2007 he helped the Judiciary of the DRC in the implementation of their new constitution.

Adv Jiyane is a highly motivated leader, who combines skills of good leadership and organisational performance.  He performs very effectively under a diverse cultural background of the personnel who make up the face of any organisation.  He is a good motivator to any person in an organisation, irrespective of one’s station in life.  He has had always cordial working relationships with the judiciary and all stakeholders in Courts.

He is the founder member of the African Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) whose main purpose is to strengthen and advance governance, leadership and management efforts of Courts and the justice sector stakeholders that inspire pubic trust and confidence in the administration of justice in Africa.

He is also the founder and the Interim President of Pan African Court Management Association, whose main objectives are to serve as an institution that will promote the professional management of the Courts in the African Continent and become a Centre of Excellence from which all Courts can draw from as a resource for different skills, knowledge and experience required in the management of Courts. Adv. Jiyane has recently been appointed as the Vice President of the International Association for Court Administration, Africa.

Adv Jiyane is the founder and the Managing Director of the Pan African Court Management Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which specializes in the development of strategies for Courts, re-engineering of Courts’ business processes, the training of all Court Support Personnel. His consultancy company also focuses on training countries in Africa on constitutional and judicial reforms.

He once served as the Vice President of the UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime during 2006.  In his professional career he had attended many training courses, including but not limited to Ethics for Effective Judicial Reforms in Singapore and Improving Case-Flow Management systems and Advanced Court Management Research Methods at the National Centre for State Courts Institute for Court Management in the USA during 2001/02.

Position: Court Business Consultant
Year of Birth: 1957
Nationality: South African
Languages: Ndebele, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, SeSwati, seTswana, English and Afrikaans

Qualifications: B.Juris, University of Zululand 1984, LLB University of KwaZulu Natal 1986
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy & Development Administration, Wits University, 1994
LLM, University of Johannesburg, Human Rights Litigation,1997

International Bar Association
Pan African Court Management Association
National Democratic Lawyers Association (NADEL)
Board member of the African Centre for Justice Innovation (AJCI)

Key Skills:
Core competencies relating to Court and  Judicial reforms
Caseflow Management
Trial Court Management
Advance court research skills
Business Enterprise Management
Human Rights Litigation
Criminal and Civil Litigation
Leadership and Management Skills.
Stakeholders’ management.
Interpersonal relationship.
Team leadership.
Change management.
Performance management.
Legislation drafting.