Capacity Building Workshop for Prosecuting State Attorneys
The United States Government, has hosted a Capacity Building Workshop for Prosecuting State Attorneys with the Theme: “Strengthening the Prosecutor for Effective Justice Delivery.” The three day workshop was held at the Capital View Hotel, Koforidua, Eastern Region, from 16th - 18thAugust, 2016.
Welcoming participants, the Head of the Attorney General’s Department, Eastern Region, Emily Addo-Okyireh said the workshop was timely and appropriate as criminals were succeeding in outwitting the law, using sophisticated modes of operation. She said their criminal modes of operation had led to almost a total globilisation of their activities. She hoped that the workshop will break new grounds and inroads for prosecutors.
The Director for Public Prosecutions at the Attorney General’s Department, Accra, Yvonne Obuobisa; thanked the United States government for sponsoring the workshop. She noted that the organisation of the workshop had taken months to put together and hoped that the workshop will provide the needed tools to sharpen prosecutor’s skills.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, Suleiman Ahmed, read a short statement on behalf of the Attorney General who was unable to attend due to other work commitments.
The Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, said criminal prosecutions forms an integral part of criminal delivery and for effective justice to prevail in the criminal justice system, it requires a well-trained, organised and productive prosecutor.
She thanked the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) for their continued support of the Attorney General’s Department.
Topics discussed ranged from criminal advocacy, advise writing, rules of evidence and procedure, money laundering. International cooperation mechanisms, newly developed Standard Operating Procedures and the Ghana code for prosecutors which was studied in line with the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan and the Public Sector Integrity Programme.
Resource people who took prosecutors through the various topics were, the Director for Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Obuobisa, the renowned Jurist and author, S.A. Brobbey, Senior Legal Advisor and his Program Manager Robert “Bobby Lipman, Principal State Attorney, Evelyn Keelson, Acting Commissioner Richard Quayson of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe of the Financial Crimes High Court and Director of Right to be Free, Eric Peasah,
The forum provided a unique opportunity for all state Attorneys to interact and share ideas. The workshop was well attended, in all 64 prosecutors from all the 10 regions attended. The coordinator of the workshop, Assistant United State Attorney for the Southern District, Illinois, US Department of Justice, Michael J. Quinley, expressed great satisfaction at the outcome of the workshop. He expressed great optimism that the workshop had greatly impacted on the skills of the prosecutors.