Lawyers refine skills in training

National, Normal

The National, Monday March 3rd, 2014

 STATE prosecutors and lawyers refined their skills in presenting criminal cases in courts at a workshop in Port Moresby last week.

The offices of the Public Prosecutor and the Public Solicitor were supported by Australia in hosting the workshop on criminal law advocacy.

Two judges and lawyers from the Queensland Bar facilitated the workshop pro-bono.

The workshop used a “mock” courtroom for lawyers to practise the techniques and receive advice from senior lawyers.

This is the latest development in the growing relationship between PNG and Australia in strengthening its legal service.

“The fact that so many provincially-based lawyers have access to this professional development opportunity is only possible due to the strong bond with the Queensland legal community and the financial support of the Australian Government,” Acting Minister Development Cooperation James Hall from the Australian High Commission said.

The Public Prosecutor provides prosecution of serious criminal cases such as homicide, corruption and sexual offences.