Foreign Judges and the Emergence of a Tanzanian Judiciary, 1964–1971
This chapter examines the period following the departure of the colonial judges when the Tanzanian government appointed both foreign and local judges to the High Court Bench and magistracy. It argues that foreign judges from West Africa and the West Indies served as a stepping stone between a colonial Bench and a local one. It explores their position in the new nation and responses to early executive encroachment on the independence of the judiciary. This chapter also analyses the backgrounds and experiences of the first Tanganyikan African judges, including those who were trained abroad and at the Faculty of Law in Dar es Salaam. It asserts that the process of decolonising the Bench concluded in 1971 with the appointment of the first Tanganyikan African Chief Justice.