Government officers attend basic prosecution course

Participants of the ODPP Basic Prosecution Course for Statutory Regulators at the Ministry of Civil Service Training Centre, Nasese, Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

THIRTY-nine officers are attending the ‘Basic Prosecution Course’, which is designed for regulatory and statutory bodies with the aim of equipping these officers with basic trial preparation skills in prosecuting matters under their legislation.

This is first the time the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has organised training for statutory regulators in its continuous effort to improve the prosecution service in Fiji.

Officers attending the one month course are from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, the Ministry of Health, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, the National Fire Authority, the Fiji National Provident Fund, the Lami, Levuka and the Nausori Town Council.

The course was opened yesterday by the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Joshua Wycliffe, at the Ministry of Civil Service Training Centre, Nasese, Suva and is facilitated by ODPP principal legal officer Yogesh Prasad and assisted by other ODPP Legal Officers.

Since 2011, various laws have been enacted that give individual regulatory bodies the power to prosecute matters under their own legislation.

The ODPP provides assistance to regulatory prosecutors by advising on charges and providing basic training throughout the year.

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