On behalf of the management and entire staff of the Law School of Zanzibar (LSZ), I am pleased to take this opportunity to inform you that the newly established Law School of Zanzibar is now in operation being guided by Act No. 13 of 2019 which was assented on 30th December, 2019 by retired President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein.
The School has been established with the main objectives of training persons to be qualified advocates or vakils, providing training to paralegals in consultation with the Legal Aid Department established under the Legal Aid Act and providing other specialized trainings in the legal sector. The School is also charged with the duty to provide curricula, training manuals, conduct examinations and confer awards, undertake projects, research, consultancies, arrange for publication and dissemination of legal practice literature generated from activities of the School as may be determined by the Council.
It is my belief that the establishment of School as historic legal development serves as a nucleus of increasing legal expertise on critical legal issues including human rights and good governance in general and at the end of the day achievement of dispensation of justice in Zanzibar. This will further promote access to justice in Zanzibar which is in compliance to the Goal 16.3 of the United Nations: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which among other things, insists on the Good Governance and the Rule of Law.
Although, the school establishment is long overdue I would like to emphasize that the School which is falling under the sphere of Ministry of State in the President’s Office, Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service and Good Governance, would capacitate the advocates and promote the access to justice to the people. The school will live up to the expectations of legal experts and the people in general.
I would, however, request all the people particularly legal experts from and outside Zanzibar to offer the maximum cooperation to ensure a success story of the Law School. A lot of capital and effort has been put by the government into establishment of this School. On behalf of the School Council and management we thank you in a special way for your support and cooperation.
DR ALI AHMED UKI,
LAW SCHOOL OF ZANZIBAR,