My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?
Appointment of Judge MM Joffe as the Director of the newly established South African Judicial Education Institute Braamfontein
The Council of the South African Judicial Education Institute resolved to appoint the South Gauteng High Court Judge MM Joffe as its first Director who will commence his duties on March 1, 2010. Notwithstanding his secondment, Judge Joffe will complete all judicial matters presently serving before him.
The South African Judicial Education Institute was established by Act 14 of 2008. The purpose of the Institute is to promote the independence, impartiality, dignity, accessibility and effectiveness of the courts by providing judicial education for judicial officers.
In carrying out this function the Institute is primarily directed and controlled by the judiciary. In carrying out its purpose the Institute will provide education and training for aspirant and newly appointed judicial officers. It will further provide on-going legal education and training for experienced judicial officers.
The Act provides for the appointment of a Director who is to be responsible for the general administration of the Institute and who is to manage and direct the activities of the Institute subject to the direction of the Institute’s Council which is responsible for the governance of the Institute. The Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Council and the Deputy Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Executive Committee of Council.
As is evident by his appointment, the Council reposes much confidence in Judge Joffe’s ability in carrying out the functions of Director. The Council extends to Judge Joffe its best wishes and anticipates a rewarding association to the benefit of judicial education and the stature and dignity of the South African Judiciary.
Issued by the Office of the Chief Justice, Sandile Ngcobo Constitutional Court of South Africa Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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