Judges to participate in Mock Trial Sessions

Judges, Prosecutors, Court officials and Defense Lawyers from Somali will on Monday March 5, 2018 participate in a Mock Trial Session at the Supreme Court.

The groups have been undergoing training in their respective roles by the International Community to enable them handle terrorism and other serious criminal cases in line with international standards.

Each of the groups will be assisted by two Kenyans who belong to their professions.

Since the return of relative stability in South Central Somalia, significant efforts on the part of the Somali Federal Government and the International Community have focused on rebuilding Somalia’s national justice institutions.

The four-day ceremony that will be presided over by Kenya’s Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed will be under the supervision of criminal justice experts from the United Nations, United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International Development Law Organization and the United States.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms on Friday by Judiciary, the trials aims at presenting a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas and practices between judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers, as well as set a tone for the emerging paradigm of South-South share learning and cooperation.

The training programme has been developed by the Somalia’s Ministry of Justice and Custodial Corps in conjunction with the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNSOM) and other bilateral partners.

Source: Kenya News Agency