Training equips prosecutors with necessary skills

TWENTY-FIVE officers concluded their first 2018 Basic Prosecution Course on Friday at the Fiji Police Training Academy in Nasova.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said in a statement the course was designed to equip prosecutors with necessary skills.

“The Basic Prosecution Course was a mixture of theory and practical exercises designed to equip prosecutors with basic trial preparation skills and advocacy at the Bar table,” the statement said.

“The training was part of the ODPP’s continuing education outreach for police and statutory prosecutors across Fiji.”

Chief guest at the graduation ceremony Lieutenant Colonel Siliva Vananalagi relayed his congratulations to the officers who completed the course successfully and encouraged them to continue lifting the standard of their prosecution work.

The four-week course covered rules of evidence, legal ethics, advocacy and the criminal justice system and included participants from the police, summary prosecutions, Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji National Provident Fund.

Principal legal officers Seini Puamau and Yogesh Prasad facilitated the course and ODPP will conduct its second basic prosecution course in May.

An advanced prosecution course for police and other statutory prosecutors will be conducted later this year.

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