Johann Kriegler is the Head of the Justice Audit

Johann Kriegler practised as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar for 25 years and went on to become a provincial and thereafter an appellate judge; he was appointed a Justice of the Constitutional Court on its foundation in 1994. After leaving that court in 2002 he held a two-year acting judicial appointment chiefly engaged in judicial education (aspirant, induction and continuing for lower and superior courts) and the training of public prosecutors and practising advocates.

Judge Kriegler headed the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and was instrumental in establishing the permanent electoral commission, which he chaired until 1999.

Since then he has participated in a National Democratic Institute mission in Angola (1999), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) / International Bar Association (IBA) judicial independence missions in Palestine (2000), Malawi (2002) and Uganda (2007), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) judicial training in Namibia (2001), advocacy training in Lesotho (2001), the United Kingdom (2002), Hong Kong (2006) and South Africa (1983 to date), IBA judicial training for Iraq (2005) and Swaziland (2005) and IBA / South African Bar observer missions in Zimbabwe (2004), and been briefed by the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division on a number of election-related assignments (in Afghanistan, East Timor, Iraq, Liberia, Pakistan and Sierra Leone).

Judge Kriegler is the author of a standard textbook on criminal procedure and the co-drafter of a judicial code of conduct. He has lectured in recent years on judicial and electoral matters in Angola, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, Palestine, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, the West Indies, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Under the previous South African government, Judge Kriegler was involved in establishing various human rights and public interest advocacy bodies; he was involved with advocacy/transformation training with the Black Lawyers’ Association (BLA) from the early 1980s, founding chair of Lawyers for Human Rights (1981) and a founding trustee of the Legal Resources Centre (1978). At present he is an extraordinary professor in the University of Pretoria Law Faculty and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Project Literacy (adult education), the University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights and the AIDS Law Project, patron of Advocacy Training for the General Council of the Bar and chairperson of the Constitutional Court Trust.

Judge Kriegler is an honorary life member of the Johannesburg Bar and an honorary bencher of Gray’s Inn.

   Photo by Denzil Maregele

 Photo by Denzil Maregele