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2014/06 Shortage of judges in WES results in long detention for many suspects before they can be tried. The shortage is partly because many judges took leave when the national rebellion started in December 2013 and have not yet returned. Snippet: Shortage of judges in WES results in long detention for many suspects ....
2013/10 A Justice Ministry Legal Committee completes a tour - supported by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) - focusing on detention in four states. They find specially poor conditions in Wau Central Prison (see separate snippet) and a need for more judges in all courts. Snippet
2013/05 President Kiir dismisses Ajonge Perpetuar as both a presidential legal advisor and as a first-class judge. This is thought to be connected with disagreements she had with the President and his other legal advisor, Telar Deng, over the suspension of officials in the President's office over the theft of a large amount of cash. Snippet
Reference Mini-review
David K. Deng, 2014/05. Bibliography item: David K. Deng (2014/05) "Special Court for Serious Crimes (SCSC): A Proposal for Justice and Accountability in South Sudan". (Report). South Sudan Law Society. [Report] South Sudan Law Society. Accessed online.

This 12-page working paper is an important step in developing the idea of using a hybrid court to try people responsible for gross atrocities in the recent violent conflict. It considers many practical implications of the idea and creates a solid framework for further discussion and action. Its key recommendations are: (1)  Include language in a peace agreement providing for justice and accountability; (2) Prohibit amnesties for international crimes; (3) Educate people about the court; (4) Assess national capacity to administer a hybrid court; (5) Adopt regional and international treaties.

Eluzai Hakim and others, 2014/02/01. Unleashing the Potential for Good Governance in the Republic of South Sudan [Report] South Sudanese Professionals in Diaspora. Accessed online.

This paper by five diaspora intellectuals is intended to influence post-rebellion settlement discussions. It affirms widespread principles of good governance and makes many more specific recommendations such as: having a federal system of three regions rather than ten states; gradually demobilize the SPLA and replace it with a systematically trained national army with soldiers drawn equally from each of the three regions; re-draft the national constitution ensuring independence of the executive and judiciary, and limiting the President's use of decrees.

David Deng and Elizabeth Deng, 2014/01/08. Bibliography item: David Deng (2014/01/08) "South Sudan talks must make provision for Justice and Reconciliation". (Article). African Arguments. [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

This 1,500-word article was probably the first to set the agenda of establishing a hybrid (international and South Sudanese) court to try people responsible for gross atrocities in the violent conflict beginning on 15 December 2013. The authors argue that a process leading towards this should be mandated as part of a negotiated end to the conflict. If it is not then the matter of accountability should be referred by the UN Security Council to the International Criminal Court.

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