2 AGC counsels to attend US Judicial System Programme

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BRUNEIAN Senior Counsels of the Attorney General’s Chambers were selected to participate in the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on the “US Judicial System”.

Hjh Anifa Rafiza Abd Ghani, Deputy Senior Counsel (Criminal) and Hjh Noor Sukhairiyani Md Kassim, Deputy Senior Counsel (Civil) will be taking part in the premier professional exchange programme from March 16 to April 3 in the United States.

The programme designed for lawyers and legal professionals will promote an appreciation for the rule of law around the world, according to the press statement released yesterday.

“It also offers a first-hand look at the trial process in the United States for both civil and criminal justice systems,” it said.

A total of 17 countries will be bjoining the programme.

Participants will be brought to Washington DC, New York, Dallas, Reno, Salt Lake City and Seattle in the United States in order to examine the US judicial system.

Hjh Anifa Rafiza said she was honoured to be chosen in the programme representing the Sultanate.

“I am looking forward to learn the about the US judicial and legal system, which will be a new experience for me coming from an English / Common Law and Syariah Law background, and to meet and share information of legal experiences, not just with the legal experts from various prestigious departments in the United States, but also from various international legal experts that will be participating in this program.”

Another participant, Hjh Noor Sukhairiyani said: “As we often look to the best practices and experiences of other jurisdictions in the formulation and implementation of our laws, I am greatly looking forward to learning from the US judicial and legal system.”

US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig B Allen spoke and congratulated both senior counsels for being chosen to take part in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) during their visit to the embassy.

“This programme is a wonderful opportunity for them to examine the legal environment in the United States and learn about the challenges and trends that affect legal systems around the world,” said Allen.

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the US on IVLP.

More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former chiefs of state or heads of government.

The Brunei Times