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35 Public Defenders Undergo Training In Ganta
By: S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
GANTA, November 5 (LINA) – About 35 Public Defenders from across the country have ended a five-day training in Ganta, Nimba County.
The quarterly training, which started October 31, was organized by the James A.A. Pierre Institute and sponsored by partners.
It was intended to equip Public Defenders with the technical skills they need in the discharge of their duties, according to the organizers.
Facilitators of the workshop included Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor; Cllr. M. Bedor-Wla Freeman, head of the Independent Information Commission, and Judge Yusuf D. Kaba, Resident Judge, Civil Law Court, among others.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency, Training Coordinator of the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute, Atty. William B. Kollie, said the Public Defenders were drilled in several topics, including Evidence Collection Process during Criminal investigation and other modern developments in investigation of crimes.
Topics also included handling exhibits in legal proceedings, preparation of legal memorandum and brief, application of the Freedom of Information Act, team work and coordination.
Atty. Kollie also named networking and its benefits in criminal proceedings; the new Jury Law and expansion of the Magistrate Court jurisdiction, as some of the topics that were taught during the workshop.
Atty. Kollie, who described the quarterly training for Public Defenders as a milestone achievement of the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute, said the entity is moving forward in making the nation's judicial system “a very vibrant one that citizens can trust and run to in seeking justice.”
Atty. Kollie pointed out that the training is the institution's regular quarterly training for court actors meant to regularly update them about contemporary judicial workings.
He said for several years now, the institute has been providing training for court actors with the aim of improving their skills at their various areas of assignment.
Atty. Kollie wants participants go back to their various places of assignment with the skills gained to further improve the country's judiciary and give hope to citizens who have lost confidence in the country's judicial system