Research Activities

Research and Policy Directorate


The KJA Research Directorate was established in the year 2016 by the Judicial Service Commission as a judiciary-based applied research unit. We strive to achieve rigorous standards of quality, objectivity, transparency and research excellence.


The primary mission of the Research and Policy Directorate is to assist the courts’ management and to enhance the efficiency, quality and functioning of the judicial system by supplying policymakers with the results of objective, empirically-based, analytic research.


The Directorate reports directly to the Director of the Academy. The Directorate is headed by the Deputy Director in charge of Research and Policy who oversees the activities of the Directorate and prioritizes its research agenda. Presently, the Deputy Director is assisted by a Portfolio Lead and Secretariat Team. In the proposed KJA Organisational Review, we will have a Research Manager, Policy Analysts and Legal Researchers to complement the Secretariat Team.


Our research combines standard social-science quantitative and qualitative methodologies, together with comparative legal research and in-depth legal analysis of data from all levels of our court system. We strive to develop methodologies specially tailored to the empirical study of judiciaries. Our data is collected using a variety of techniques and sources, such as questionnaires and interviews with judges, magistrates, court administrators and academicians, field-based observations of court processes, and data from the courts’ case management system. In addition, KJA has access to original databases that incorporate information on criminal and civil proceedings.


Our research includes examination and analysis of policies, procedures and rules, as well as evaluation of potential policy reforms. Some examples of our research include, inter alia, the Incidence of Case Backlog and appropriate Criteria for Judicial Performance Evaluation. We have as well developed curricular, numerous training manuals and bench

Completed Programmes

Ongoing Programmes

  • Court Administrators Handbook and Curriculum

  • Judiciary Employee Orientation Manual

  • Judges and Magistrates Orientation Manual

  • Court Process Servers Handbook and Curriculum

  • Bench Book on Environment and Land Matters

  • Elimination of Case Backlog Strategy

  • Tool for Evaluation of Judicial Trainings

  • A Handbook for Training Judicial Trainers

  • Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey

  • Handbook for Kadhis Courts

  • Rules of Practice and Procedure in Kadhis Courts

  • Judicial Performance Evaluation Tool

  • Tool for Monitoring and Evaluation of Trainings

  • Methodology for Training of Judicial Trainers

  • Curriculum for Training at JTI