The Chief Justice of Uganda then, Hon Mr. Benjamin Odoki announced the establishment of Uganda Judicial Studies Institute during the opening of the Judges Annual conference on 5th January 2004. The institute operates as a department of the Judiciary on a semi- autonomous basis, separate from the day-to-day operations of the Judiciary but still within the judiciary. The Institute is headed by the Executive Director, who is also a Judge of the High Court.
JSI is a semi-autonomous body that derives authority from the Judiciary of the Republic of Uganda to conduct systematic training for Judicial Officers and Staff of the Judiciary. On request, JSI also organizes training and workshops for other players in the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS). JSI strongly believes that through coordinated capacity building across the Sector, reforms being implemented can be effectively monitored for maximum impact in targeted areas and beyond.
In its operations, JSI is guided by government policies, rules and regulations while maintaining strict internal control mechanisms. The policy making body is the Governing Council headed by a Supreme Court Justice