The Law School of Tanzania (Exemption of Certain Officers) Rules, 2023


The Law School of Tanzania (Exemption of Certain Officers) Rules, 2023

The Law School of Tanzania (Exemption of Certain Officers) Rules, 2023 (the “Rules”) were enacted on 10 November 2023 to exempt certain judicial officers in the public sector who have not attended law school for 10 years from the requirement to attend law school before applying to be admitted as advocates to the High Court of Tanzania.

The Rules were enacted in response to the shortage of advocates in the public sector. The Tanzanian government has identified a need for more advocates to work in the public sector, particularly in the judiciary and the Attorney General’s Chambers. However, the current requirement for all advocates to attend law school has limited the number of people who are eligible to apply for admission to the Bar.

To be eligible for exemption, a judicial officer must have:

  • Served in the public sector for at least 10 years
  • A good disciplinary record
  • A good academic record

Judicial officers who are interested in being exempted from the requirement to attend law school must apply to the Chief Justice of Tanzania. The Chief Justice will consider the applicant’s experience, disciplinary record, and academic record when making a decision.

The Rules are a welcome development for the public sector. By exempting certain judicial officers from the requirement to attend law school, the Rules will make it easier for the government to recruit and retain advocates. This will help to improve access to justice for all Tanzanians.

Implications for the legal profession

The Rules have a number of implications for the legal profession in Tanzania. First, the Rules will increase the number of advocates in the public sector. This will help to improve access to justice for all Tanzanians, particularly those who cannot afford to hire a private advocate.

Second, the Rules will recognize the experience and expertise of judicial officers. The Rules acknowledge that judicial officers who have served in the public sector for 10 years have gained valuable experience and expertise that can be used to provide legal services to the public.

Third, the Rules will make it easier for judicial officers to transition to private practice. Judicial officers who are exempted from the requirement to attend law school will be able to apply to be admitted as advocates to the High Court of Tanzania without having to complete a law degree. This will give judicial officers more flexibility in their careers and allow them to use their skills and experience to provide legal services to the private sector.

Overall, the Rules are a positive development for the legal profession in Tanzania. The Rules will help to improve access to justice, recognize the experience and expertise of judicial officers, and make it easier for judicial officers to transition to private practice.