31 officers graduate in ODPP course for statutory regulators

(Front row; sitting L- R) Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Mosese Korovou, Principal Legal Officer and course facilitator, Yogesh Prasad with Government Ministries and Department prosecutors during the closing ceremony of the ODPP Basic Prosecution Course for Statutory Regulators at Suvavou House, Suva on 26 April 2019. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) basic prosecution course for statutory regulators concluded last week with the graduation of 31 officers from various Government Ministries and Departments.

The 31 officers will now be eligible to participate in the advanced prosecution course for statutory regulators in October this year.

The four -week course which was was facilitated by ODPP Principal Legal Officer Yogesh Prasad was attended by staff from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, the Department of Environment, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and the Nasinu and Nausori Town Councils.

The Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Mosese Korovou, in closing the course emphasised the need for prosecutors from each government ministry and department to understand their own respective legislation since they are given the power to prosecute matters.

The ODPP continues to assist Government Ministries and departments through basic and advanced prosecution courses Annually in an effort to equip prosecutors with basic trial preparation skills in prosecuting matters under their respective legislation.

Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, made an appearance at the closing ceremony and congratulated all the participants for successfully completing the course.



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