Barbadian prosecutors will next Monday begin a week of practice and instruction designed to improve their proficiency in legal practices and procedures.

This is the Department of Public Prosecutions’ third training programme for its officers and related prosecutors.??

The intention is to identify the problematic sections in the Criminal Law Legislation and address them; to identify prosecutors in combating the rise in criminality, which is facilitated by information technology; to enhance existing modalities to cope with the mutual legal assistance in the detection, investigation and prosecution of crimes; and to provide a ready network for prosecutors to consult on problem solving at short notice.

Training will focus on sentencing; arrest, search, seizure, wiretap and electronic surveillance; confessions, tape recordings of interviews and disclosure.

Other course topics are: customs, value added taxes and labour legislation; admissibility of oral and written statements; forensic orthonology; identification and character evidence; human rights and mutual legal assistance and terrorism.

This year’s net is broader to accommodate the perspectives of police, customs, immigration and labour officers; forensic scientists, public health and National Insurance Scheme personnel.

?? Expected results of this specific training are: capacity building, as prosecutors will be updated and trained to share good practices through forensic scientists discussion and networking, and expediency in executing mutual legal assistance, extradition, forfeiture/confiscation proceedings.

??Another outcome is high standards; prosecutors will be encouraged to promote high principles, including procedures to prevent and address miscarriages of justice in support of the rule of law.

At the 1:00 p.m. opening ceremony on Monday, September 20, Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will deliver the feature address. Acting Chief Justice Sherman Moore and Permanent Secretary, Training, Harlow Broome are the other speakers.??tadams@barbados.gov.bb

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