Course to improve AGC officers’ advocacy standards

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) today concluded a three-day advocacy training course held at the Law and Courts building.

The course, jointly organised by the criminal justice division of the AGC and the Hong Kong-based International Advocacy Training Council was aimed at increasing advocacy skills and standards among AGC officers whose core work primarily involves litigation.

This year’s course builds upon the foundations set during last year’s advocacy teachers’ trainer course where nine AGC trainers were certified to teach advocacy.

Five local trainers namely Aldila Hj Mohd Salleh, Norhayati Dato Paduka Hj Omar, Pg Suzana Pg Hj Abas, Shamshuddin Hj Kamaluddin and Karen Tan delivered the course alongside the Vice Chair of the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales Anesta Weeke was Fahri Azzat, who is a member of the Malaysian Bar Council Advocacy Committee.

The course focused on case preparation, case analysis, questioning skills and submissions advocacy. The 26 participants from the AGC were taught using the Hampel Method, an internationally renowned advocacy teaching technique.

Mock trials were conducted where trainers provided constructive feeback to participants.

The course incorporated the use of technology through video recordings which allowed trainers to better identify areas of improvement in participants’ techniques.

The course also included additional components on submission advocacy in light of recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code which now allow prosecutors to deliver submissions with regards to sentencing.

The course signifies the AGC’s commitment to providing adequate training to develop expertise amongst its officers.

It is also hoped to realise AGC’s strategic vision, which emphasises on human capacity building to better enable the delivery of legal services at the highest quality to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and to His Majesty’s Government.

The Brunei Times