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Hon. Judge Patricia S. Fikirini, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court


Honourable Judge Patricia Saleh Fikirini has a rich career in the legal and judicial field that spans over 30 years at both national and international jurisdictions.

Her experience includes holding various national positions such as Principal Resident Magistrate, Deputy Chairperson of the Industrial Court of Tanzania and the Arusha Regional Housing Tribunal, Vice-Chairperson at the Tax Revenue Appeals Board (TRAB) and is currently a Judge at the High Court of Tanzania.

At the International level, Judge Fikirini served as a Trial Attorney for 7 years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in The Hague, in The Netherlands.

Her dynamic set of expertise have continued to enable her to work in high level roles and deal with complex and sensitive cases. At the national level, Judge Fikirini has conducted criminal cases, civil cases, commercial disputes, tax cases, land cases, and was selected to adjudicate election petition cases from the 2015 elections.  At the International level, her practice concentrated on International Law and Human Rights cases on crime against humanity, genocide and gender-based violence.

Judge Fikirini has been a diligent and integral staff member of the High Court of Tanzania for 24 years, and has served as a judge for 8 years. Currently she is in-charge of the Commercial Division since April 2019.  She holds an LL. B from the University of Dar Es Salaam; LL.M and MPA from the University of Minnesota and is a Hubert Horatio Humphrey (HHH) Scholar. Besides her academic credentials, Judge Fikirini has served in the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committees including on the Judiciary Rules Committee; Training and Research Committee and currently on ICT & Statistics Committee.

Judge Fikirini is also a member of International Women Judge’s Association (IWJA), Judge’s and Magistrate’s Association of Tanzania (JMAT), Tanzania Women Judges Association (TAWJA) and is a non-practicing member of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS).

Judge Fikirini is married and has two daughters. During her spare time, she participates in religious activities, enjoys reading, is an avid music lover, as well as enjoys dancing, cooking and sharing quality time with friends and family.