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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, [Saturday, 18th November 2017] – The Attorney General's Chambers has jointly organised a workshop with the Civil Service Institute, titled  the "Legislative Drafting Workshop" at the Civil Service Institute on Thursday, 16th November 2017 and today Saturday, 18th November 2017. The Workshop is the first of its kind to be held at the request of public officers who are keen to learn and understand why and how legislation is drafted and interpreted.

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The Legislative Drafting Workshop aims to educate public officers on how to read, understand and apply the provisions of the law under their purview and to give clear and effective drafting instructions.

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The speakers comprised senior officers from the Legislation and Research Division of the Attorney General's Chambers namely Dyg Norismizan Hj Ismail, Senior Counsel, Dyg Hjh Norazamiah binti Hj Hambali, Acting Senior Counsel, Awg Hj Afif Daraina bin PUKDPSS Ustaz Hj Badaruddin, Deputy Senior Counsel and Dyg Norhasnani binti Tamin, Legal Officer.

 

The two days workshop concluded with the presentation of certificates to the participants by Yang Mulia Dayang Alice Khan binti Ahmad Khan, Legal Draftsman.

 

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 15th November 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Madam Yang Jian, at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, the Honourable Attorney General and Her Excellency exchanged views on various legal developments in both countries as well as discussed potential cooperation between both countries in the legal field. Her Excellency also acknowledged the role of the Attorney General’s Chambers in the recent conclusion of legal documents entered into by both sides.

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Also present during the courtesy call were senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers. 

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, 13th November 2017 – In collaboration with the Civil Service Institute, the Attorney General's Chambers held a seminar titled  the "Public Officers' Law Seminar: Understand the Law 2017" at the Civil Service Institute on Saturday 11th November 2017 and today 13th November 2017. The Seminar was attended by Senior Government officers from various Ministries and Departments whose duties extend to matters involving law-making, contract management or international treaties or matters dealing with enforcement, within their respective purviews.

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The Seminar was first introduced in 2016 and is intended to be held annually. An array of topics were presented which included introduction to the general legal principles relevant to public officers in order to promote an effective performance of their duties in the public service within the bounds of the law. It also served as a platform for networking and sharing of views and experience amongst officers of the Attorney General's Chambers and other public officers. The two days Seminar concluded with the presentation of certificates to the participants by Yang Mulia Dayang Alice Khan binti Ahmad Khan, Acting Solicitor General and Legal Draftsman.

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The Honourable Attorney-General of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh recently attended the Meeting of the Commonwealth Law Ministers held from 16 to 19 October 2017 in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Brunei delegation included officials from the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting was opened by The Honourable Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and chaired by the Senator The Honourable Carl Wilshire Bethel QC, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of The Bahamas. The theme for the meeting was 'Strengthening the Rule of Law through Technology'.

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The event brings together Law Ministers and Attorneys-Generals from the member states of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC was also in attendance. The Ministerial Meeting was preceded by the Senior Law Officials Meeting, which was held on 16 October 2017 which discussed a wide range of legal issues including the rule of law and sustainable development, climate change, countering violent extremism, international humanitarian law, and child, early and forced marriage. Discussions have also emphasised on the impact of advanced technology on these issues.

 

Other important discussions included the shift of focus in the work of Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting from mandate setting, to achieving consensus on global issues, which are also discussed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Commonwealth Law Ministers' meetings provides an opportunity to develop consensus for Commonwealth positions on key global issue.

 

The Secretary–General also took the opportunity to launch the Commonwealth Secretariat's website which is an online knowledge portal that will support member countries by providing access to the laws of all 52 member states. This website is one of a series of products from the Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform providing a database of statutes and Commonwealth Model Law.

 

In her opening remarks, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of technology in opening up "broad new horizons of opportunity, with greater efficiency, accountability and transparency." The Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of legislations in implementing international and national commitments to limit the rise of global temperatures and address climate change. She also referred to the upcoming  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in 2018 with the theme "Towards a Common Future". She then urged delegates to "seize the potential and opportunity of Commonwealth connection, and build a fairer, more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for all."

 

The Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting is held once every 3 years. The scope and content of the agenda items for their meetings range from exchanges of experience and perspectives, to cooperation between Commonwealth countries, to approving model laws and giving direction for work in emerging areas of the law.  With the outcome of this meeting Commonwealth Law Ministers have further expanded its focus to discuss legal issues or initiatives of common interest that are related to global issues and consistent with mandate as set by CHOGM.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 30 September 2017 – The Attorney General's Chambers held a ceremony to commerate the new Islamic year 1439 Hijrah this afternoon at the Law and Court Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha.

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The event was graced with the presence of Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah binti Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.        

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Also present was the Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh as well as officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers.

The ceremony was followed with a special talk titled 'Kepimpinan Adil Teras Kesejahteraan' delivered by the invited speaker from Islamic Propagation Centre, Ustaz Muhammad Yusri bin Haji Abdul Majid. At the function also include the presentation of souvenirs in appreciation to officer and staff that have retired from the Attorney General Chambers.

The ceremony also included the recital Zikir to welcome the return of 3 officers and staffs of the Attorney General's Chambers from the recently Hajj pilgrimage. Then the ceremony was followed with the 'Doa Kesyukuran' for the 58th Anniversary of the establishment of the Attorney General's Chambers and also thanksgiving of the recipients of Honorary Medal of Brunei Darussalam to 12 officer and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers from His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam in conjunction with the 71st birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

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YM Mohd Adi Faisal bin Hj Omar, as Brunei Darussalam’s Sixth Committee representative to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America delivered a National Statement regarding Agenda Item 84 on “The Rule of Law atthe National and International Levels” on the 5th October 2017.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 06th September 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mehmed Suat Akgun, at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, the Honorable Attorney General and His Excellency exchanged views on various issues of common interest, including the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries.  His Excellency further expressed his Government's appreciation to the Hon. Attorney General for all the legal assistance rendered by the Attorney General's Chambers to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan Brunei Darussalam for the various cooperation agreements between the two countries.

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Also present during the courtesy call were senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 26 Ogos 2017 – Attorney General's Chambers held a briefing of "Safety Precautions to Prevent Fire and the use of Fire Extinguishers" by Fire and Rescue Department at the Law and Court Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today as part of its AGC Share and Discuss session.

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Attending during the briefing were officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers, Judiciary Department including the security personnel from both agencies.

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The briefing included advice on what measures to take during an emergency, practical measures in preventing a fire followed by practical exercise on the proper use of Fire Extinguishers.

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The AGC Share and Discuss session is an initiative by the Hon Attorney General as a forum for officers and staff to discuss and share experiences on issues common concern among the officers and staff.  The briefing today was intended to provide an understanding and knowledge to raise the level of awareness among occupants at the Law building and the Law and Court's building of Attorney General's Chambers on fire hazards, preventive measures, and actions to be taken during the emergency situations wherever they occur.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 16th August 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Pakistan High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency, Major General (Rtd) Tariq Rashid Khan, at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency exchanged views on various legal developments in both countries as well as discussed potential cooperation between both countries in the legal field.

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A. Rasid, and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday, 03rd August 2017 – The Attorney General's Chambers held a Majlis Doa Selamat for the two staffs of the Attorney General's Chambers who will perform the pilgrimage to the holy land this year at the Law and Court Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today. P1010894.jpg

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Present as guest of honor was the Honourable Attorney General, Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh. Also present senior officers, officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by the presentation of contribution to the intending Haj pilgrims by the guest of honor, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. The ceremony concluded with Doa Selamat.

Majlis Doa Selamat is to seek the blessings from Allah almighty for the safety and welfare of intending pilgrims of Brunei Darussalam.

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 08 July 2017 – Although Hari Raya is entering the second week of Syawal, raya mood is still being felt in the Attorney General's Chambers, which had been described by the Honourable Attorney General in her 2016 Legal Year speech as the 'largest legal firm' in Brunei Darussalam. The Attorney General's Chambers today held the annual Mesra Ria Aidilfitri celebrations with the theme "Raya Sederhana in style" at the Dewan Jubli Emas, Law and Courts Building at Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha.

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Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh. Also present were the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A.Rasid as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers and their family members.DSC_7701.JPG

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The event commenced with a special raya message by the Honourable Attorney General. In her message, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati thanked the Chambers for their teamwork in making the event a success and despite the economic downturn, Yang Berhormat Attorney General expressed her sincere appreciation to all officers and staff for their understanding and reminded them never to compromise on their obligations to discharge their duties with full commitment, integrity, perseverance and professionalism.

At the event, a number of "Pondok Style" stalls were set up serving an array of mouthwatering dishes ranging from Nasi Briyani to pastas, desserts and drinks etc. The highlight of the event was the "Best Pondok" stall competition.

The annual 'Mesra Ria Aidilfitri' is held to forge closer ties and enhance goodwill between the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers as well as their family members.

This year's event was spearheaded by the Legislation Drafting and Research Division of the Attorney General's Chambers with the assistance and cooperation of the other Divisions.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday, 06th July 2017 – The Attorney General's Chambers held a "Majlis Berhari Raya Bersama Yang Berhormat Peguam Negara" gathering at the Laws and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today.

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Hosting the Hari Raya gathering was Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Honourable Attorney General.

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Present was the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A.Rasid as well as senior officers, officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

 

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13th May 2017

The Attorney General’s Chambers received a courtesy call from a delegation from the International Cooperation Bureau of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China, led by their Director General, Mr Guo Xingwang. The delegation was received by Hj Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General and senior officers from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers. The courtesy call took place at the Law Building in Bandar Seri Begawan.

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In his opening remarks, His Excellency Director General Guo expressed his warm gratitude to the Government of Brunei Darussalam on behalf of Professor Cao Jianming, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China for Brunei Darussalam’s continued support for the China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference, which is held annually and serves as a regional and multilateral international cooperation mechanism in the prosecutorial field. Assistant Solicitor General Haji Abdullah Soefri, in his welcoming remarks, in turn, expressed his utmost thanks to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China for its steadfast commitment and unwavering support for the Conference which has been held since 2004 and has served as an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and allows China and ASEAN member states including Brunei Darussalam to take stock and exchange ideas and best practices on how best to address the scourge of transnational organized crime and better develop international legal cooperation capabilities.

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During the courtesy call, both sides focused discussions on the preparations for the upcoming 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference to be held in Bandar Seri Begawan in the year 2018. In light of the global events indicating the rise of transnational crime involving the use of technology and emerging cybersecurity threats, the Attorney General’s Chambers took the opportunity to inform the delegation of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China of the proposed theme of the Conference, tentatively titled “Enhancing Capabilities and Cooperation in Combatting Cybercrime”.

Further initiatives to strengthen information exchange between the two offices through the China-ASEAN Prosecutors Exchange and Training Base were also discussed. The delegation from China also took the opportunity to extend the invitation of the of Professor Cao Jianming, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China to the Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam and her delegation to attend the 22nd International Association of Prosecutors Conference, to be held from 10th-15th September 2017 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The courtesy call concluded with an exchange of gifts by both sides.

Brunei Darussalam has participated in the China-ASEAN Prosecutors General Conference since the Conference’s establishment in 2004 which aims to promote capacity building of prosecutorial organs in the region in combatting transnational crime. In 2002, the Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of legal cooperation aimed at strengthening relationships between the two offices in the fields of mutual legal assistance, training and information exchange.

 

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11th May 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has successfully delivered a three-day workshop on International Legal Cooperation to the Royal Brunei Police Force. The workshop, which was held at the Royal Brunei Police Force’s Officers Mess in Gadong, was aimed to train senior police officers of the international cooperation mechanisms available to assist them in advancing their criminal investigations when cross-border elements are involved.Photo 1.JPG

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Sixteen senior officers from various units within the Royal Brunei Police Force participated in the workshop, which was facilitated by Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ng, Karen Tan, Sharon Yeo and Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof of the Criminal Justice Division who also function as the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat, Brunei Darussalam’s Central Authority for making and receiving requests for international cooperation with foreign jurisdictions. Aside from introducing speakers to the various processes such as mutual legal assistance, extradition, recovery of proceeds of crime and international transfer of prisoners, officers attending the course were also provided with insight into filling in the Law Enforcement Questionnaire to allow the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat to better facilitate their mutual legal assistance requests to foreign countries for crucial pieces of evidence required for investigations.

In view of technological advancements in the global sphere, the officers were also briefed concerning the request of digital evidence from foreign jurisdictions, particularly the United States of America where most headquarters of social media companies and email servers are located. The workshop participants were also briefed by Senior Inspector Pg Hj Yusra bin Pg Hj Mohammad from the Foreign Affairs Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force on INTERPOL and how to use informal channels to seek assistance from foreign law enforcement agencies.

Following the lectures, the participants were able to put their newfound knowledge to the test through a series of case studies, which were tailored around criminal offences that entail the pursuit of evidence outside of Brunei Darussalam’s jurisdiction.

The workshop concluded with a certificate presentation to the participants by the Chief Guests, Hj Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General and ACP Pg Hj Muhammad bin Pg Hj Metali, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force,

In his closing remarks, Hj Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General emphasised the importance for the Royal Brunei Police Force to utilize all possible avenues in pursuing investigations to ensure justice is served. He stressed that formal processes such as Mutual Legal Assistance do not replace the informal relationships made between law enforcement agencies and their counterparts, which can often be speedier and involved in less bureaucracy. He encouraged the participants to continuously network with counterparts from foreign countries to ensure such ties are always maintained with the view of putting a stop to elements of transnational crime permeating the borders of Brunei Darussalam. The participants were also reminded of AGC’s “open door policy” with Law Enforcement agencies where international cooperation is concerned and that the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat stands ready and willing to assist and facilitate such requests.

The workshop is part of the Attorney Generals Chambers endeavours to further educate and raise awareness of the laws to the law enforcement agencies of Brunei Darussalam.

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6th May 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers visited Maktab Anthony Abell to deliver a talk on Cybercrime and the Risks and Dangers of Social Media to residents of Mukim Seria as part of “Program Awasi Anak Kitani” – an initiative by the Information Department.

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Deputy Public Prosecutors Aiman Adri Bin Hj Ahmad Zakaria and Ratno Eddy Sophian spoke to the residents on a number of pertinent issues associated with the use of social media such as the sharing of too much personal information online, the prevalence of criminal syndicates on social media as well as a number of cybercrime cases that have been prosecuted in Brunei Darussalam. Cyberbullying was also one of the disturbing trends addressed, whereby it was highlighted that the action affects real lives and that parents should remain their children refrain from behaviour such as pretending to be someone else online to hurt others or taking unflattering photographs of a person and spreading them on their mobile phones or the internet. The key message that was conveyed by the speakers was the need to exercise caution on social media and most importantly to “Think Before they Post”. The audience was also informed about the availability of laws in Brunei Darussalam that can be used to prosecute those who engage in cybercrime such as hacking and posting false and humiliating statements about others in online forums or social media.

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The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers invites interested schools and educational institutions to contact the Chambers if they are interested in holding such talks in the future. Requests for such talks should be addressed to the Criminal Justice Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, the Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, Bandar Seri Begawan BA 1910 Brunei Darussalam.

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3rd May 2017

Officers from the Criminal Justice Division today delivered a briefing on the Official Secrets Act to Senior Officers of Politeknik Brunei as part of the Attorney General’s continuing mission to educate various stakeholders on the Laws of Brunei Darussalam.

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In providing an overview of the legislation, which is an act to provide for the protection of official secret and aimed at preventing the disclosure of official documents and information through the imposition of criminal penalties, Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ng and Dk Hazirah Binti Pg Yusof of the Special Duties Unit of the Criminal Justice Division spoke about the various offences under the Official Secrets Act which includes the wrongful communication of information, which is an offence under Section 5 of the Act and the punishments imposed if an accused is found guilty of any breaches. The speakers also made reference to cases prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act in other jurisdictions which share the same law such as Malaysia and Singapore to illustrate the wide nature of the act and how it can be diverse in application. Amongst the issues discussed amongst the speakers and senior officers, which included the various Heads of Departments and Heads of Schools of Politeknik Brunei included issues of classification of documents and the importance of emphasizing confidentiality, especially when dealing with documents or information of a sensitive nature. The speakers emphasised the need to ensure that not only should internal guidelines be in place to regulate and prohibit the sharing of any potentially sensitive information but that such policies and guidelines should be properly communicated to all officers, staff and students where applicable.

The briefing ended with a question and answer session, followed by a presentation of tokens of appreciation by Cikgu Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar, the Acting Assistant Director of Politeknik Brunei to the speakers.

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6th May 2017

The Attorney General’s Chambers continues its efforts to impart knowledge on the legal profession as a team of lawyers provided a briefing entitled “A Career in Law” to students of Sekolah Menengah Rimba. The briefing, which was jointly organised by the Attorney General’s Chambers and Sekolah Menengah Rimba, was attended by over one hundred Year 11 students.

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The team of lawyers consisted of Hjh Rozaimah Hj Abdul Rahman of the Criminal Justice Division, and Mohd ‘Arif bin Hj Kamis and Hilarie Shim Yi Yyn of the Legislation and Research Division. The speakers provided the students with an overview of the roles and responsibilities held by the lawyers at the Attorney General’s Chambers as well as an explanation on the various educational pathways available in order to become a qualified lawyer in Brunei Darussalam.

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The speakers also touched on their own personal journeys in pursuing a career in law which ranged from studying abroad in the United Kingdom and in Malaysia to studying locally in Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali. Following the briefing, the students were given the opportunity to engage the lawyers in a question and answer session.

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18th April 2017

A team of legal counsels from the Attorney General’s Chambers gave a briefing entitled ‘A Career in Law’ to A-Level students of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) who are interested in studying law at university. The team of legal counsels consisted of Aminuddin Zaki bin Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Rahman of the International Affairs Division, Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof and Raihan Nabilah binti Hj Ahmad Ghazali of the Criminal Justice Division, Wajeehah binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Wahab of the Civil Division and Hilarie Shim Yi Yyn of the Legislation and Research Division.

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The briefing aimed to expose the students to the qualifications required to practise as a lawyer in Brunei Darussalam. The students were informed of the different educational routes available to study law, which they can either pursue abroad in the United Kingdom, Australia or Malaysia or locally at University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali. The speakers also explained the roles and responsibilities of a Government lawyer and the various work they conduct such as drafting contracts and legislations, prosecuting criminal cases in court, and providing legal advice to Government ministries and departments.

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During the briefing, the students were encouraged to engage with the speakers and ask questions about their line of work and their experiences in studying law at university. They were also advised to apply for the attachment programme at the Attorney General’s Chambers during their school holidays in order to gain a better insight on the life of a lawyer.

The briefing was jointly organised by the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College. The briefing is part of the Attorney General’s Chambers endeavours to impart knowledge on the legal profession and to inspire students to pursue their further studies in law.

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13th April 2017

A group of Year 12 students from Jerudong International School were briefed about “A Career in Law” by officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers. The briefing was delivered by Tracy Valencia Lai of the Civil Division, and Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof and Pg Hjh Nor Azmeena Pg Hj Mohiddin of the Criminal Justice Division.

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The briefing aimed to provide students with a realistic outlook of a career as a lawyer. The speakers touched on their personal experiences in the legal profession and the various work their respective divisions handle such as dealing with contractual matters for Government ministries and prosecuting criminal cases in court on behalf of the Public Prosecutor. This was followed by a question and answer session with the speakers. The students were also invited to apply for attachment at the Attorney General’s Chambers during their school holidays to gain a practical insight of the legal profession.

The briefing which takes place yearly was jointly organised by the Higher Education Faculty of Jerudong International School and the Attorney General’s Chambers and is part of an initiative by the Attorney General’s Chambers to impart knowledge on the legal profession and to encourage students to pursue their further studies in law.

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8th April 2017

Prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers delivered a talk entitled ‘Careers in Law’ to the students of Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre (Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong) as part of their Careers Day ‘Explore! 2017’ Programme.

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The talk, which was delivered by Deputy Public Prosecutors Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof and Dr Hussin Ali bin Idris, aimed to provide students with better insight on how to qualify as a lawyer in Brunei Darussalam and the different career options available as a lawyer. The talk also touched on the personal experiences of the presenters as prosecutors in the Criminal Justice Division and invited the students to apply for the Attorney General’s Chambers attachment programme.

Following the talk, there was a question-and-answer session in which the students had the opportunity to further enquire on the prosecutors’ line of work and the various activities provided to past attachment students as part of the Attorney General’s Chambers attachment programme.

The career talk was jointly organised by the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre’s Career and Higher Education Section and the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers and represents the Attorney General’s Chambers efforts to impart knowledge concerning the legal profession to those interested in pursuing such careers.

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14th March 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers continue to intensify efforts to extol the need for youths to be cautious concerning the effects and use of social media as part of their briefings on " Cybercrime and The Risks and Dangers of Social Media".

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Deputy Public Prosecutors Ratno Eddy Sophian Hj Zaidi and Muhammad Qamarul Affyian Bin Abd Rahman spoke today to about 15 male youth participants of the "Kursus Nadwah Kemurniaan Rohani" programme organized by Pusat Da'wah Islamiah, Ministry of Religious Affairs. The talk centered on the challenges and problems observed during this day in age pertaining to social media usage by Teens and Youths, predominantly in Brunei Darussalam. The Deputy Public Prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers emphasised the main message which was for the youth to "be responsible online" and not get caught up by the negative elements of social media usage. Among the topics covered by the speakers included Cyber-bullying, revealing too much personal information online and forwarding whatsapp messages that have not been verified for their authenticity. The speakers also emphasised the need to be cautious towards the rampant nature of cybercrime which could see youth being involved in crimes such as acting as drug mules or being victims to sexual predators. The youth also had the opportunity to ask questions and answers following the talk as well as to share their experiences. The talk, which was held at Bilik Al-Intisyar, Bangunan Nurul Huda, Pusat Da'wah Islamiah ended with the presentation of tokens of appreciation to the speakers.

The talk is a yearly joint activity organized with the initiative of Pusat Da'wah Islamiah with active participation and support by the Attorney General's Chambers. The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers invites interested schools and educational institutions to contact the Chambers if they are interested in holding such talks in the future. Requests for such talks should be addressed to the Criminal Justice Division, Attorney General's Chambers, the Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, Bandar Seri Begawan BA 1910 Brunei Darussalam.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 13 Mei 2017 – In conjunction with the Israk Mikraj Celebration, the Attorney General's Chambers held a ceremony this afternoon at the Law and Court Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha to commemorate this special event.

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Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. Also present senior officers, officers and staffs at the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The ceremony was followed by a special talk titled 'Iman Teguh Akidah Kukuh' delivered by the invited speaker from Islamic Propagation Centre, Ustaz Muhammad Yusri bin Haji Abdul Majid. At the function also include the presentation of souvenirs in appreciation of service to officer and staff that have retired from the Attorney General Chambers.


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 21st March 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the Indian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Mrs Nagma M Mallick at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Her Excellency Mrs Nagma M Mallick acknowledged the close cooperation between the 2 countries as well as the important role of women in the development of the country and exchanged views on various legal matters. 

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Honourable Solicitor General Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A.Rasid , and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 14th Mac 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Nicola Rosenblum at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Her Excellency Ms Nicola Rosenblum exchanged views on various legal matters as well as opportunities for training with the Chambers.

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Legislative Draftsman Yang Mulia Alice Khan binti Ahmad Khan, and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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​7th February 2017

A team of prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers delivered a talk on "The Legal Profession and Life as a Prosecutor" to students from Jerudong International School interested in pursuing a career in law. The talk, presented by Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ng, Dr Mohammad Hussin Ali Bin Idris and Raihan Nabilah Binti Hj Ahmad Ghazali touched on the aspects of the work conducted by the Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Attorney General's Chambers who appear on behalf of the Public Prosecutor for criminal cases. The speakers also touched on the various educational routes that can be taken to be qualified as a lawyer in Brunei Darussalam as well as inviting interested students to enter the Attorney General's Chambers attachment programme during their school holidays or after their exams if they were interested in witnessing the practical side of the law profession. The session was rounded off with a question and answer session where the students had the opportunity to ask further questions to the officers concerning their line of work.

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The talk held was jointly organized with the Careers Department of Jerudong International School as part of the School's yearly Careers Carousel and represents the Attorney General's Chambers' efforts to impart knowledge concerning the legal profession to those interested in pursuing such careers.



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24-26 January 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has successfully delivered a Workshop on Criminal Asset Recovery to officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau. The course which took place over 3 days was held at Dewan Permai at the Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in Jalan Tungku, Gadong.

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The workshop which was attended by 15 officers saw participants being briefed about the provisions of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 as well as the powers of investigations that can be exercised under the law. The workshop that was conducted by Hjh Suriana Binti Hj Radin and Christopher Ng Ming Yew, both Deputy Senior Counsels and Deputy Public Prosecutors focused on how officers from the Narcotics Control Bureau should use the additional powers conferred on them under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 in conjunction with their powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27 in order to better investigate narcotics cases with financial elements involved. Topics such as international cooperation, securing and tracing assets, asset management and drafting affidavits for forfeiture applications were also covered by the presenters of the course. Participants were also engaged in discussion of various case studies in order to apply what they had learnt over the duration of the workshop. The workshop concluded with the presentation of certificates to the 15 participants.NCB 3.jpeg

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The holding of the workshop marks the 3rd time such a workshop has been successfully organized by the Criminal Justice Division of the AGC, following workshops conducted previously for the Commercial Crimes Investigations Division of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The holding of such workshops marks the initiative of the Attorney General’s Chambers to further educate and spread awareness on the laws of Brunei Darussalam to law enforcement agencies which bear the task of implementing them. The workshop was also aimed at increasing cooperation between the AGC and the NCB and to encourage a greater focus on financial investigations with the aim of depriving criminals of their profits and proceeds. The workshop also built upon the Narcotics Control Bureau’s 2 successful criminal asset recovery applications which were granted by the High Court in 2016 as well as the establishment of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Financial Investigation Unit aimed at investigating the financial dimension of cases involving drugs.

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21st January 2017 @ 3 pm

          The Royal Brunei Police Force and the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers have successfully organized a get-together event between Deputy Public Prosecutors and Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department in the interest of promoting greater camaraderie and cooperation between the two offices. The event was held at the Officer's Mess at the Police Headquarters in Gadong and was also attended by Officers in charge of the various police districts, district crime officers as well as district traffic officers.

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          In his opening remarks, Haji Abdullah Soefri Bin POKSM DSP Hj Abidin, the Acting Assistant Solicitor General thanked the ACP Pg Hj Mohd Jefri Bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Hamid, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force for hosting the event, which only serves to increase networking and cooperation between the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force with the main aim of upholding the Criminal Justice System of Brunei Darussalam. The Acting Assistant Solicitor General welcomed recent initiatives by the Royal Brunei Police Force to improve investigations and also stated that greater collaboration and cooperation was required by both agencies to address current and emerging forms of crime such as cybercrime, complex financial crimes and trafficking in persons. Further to this, he stressed the need for officers and experts from the Royal Brunei Police Force to provide their much valuable input concerning a number of laws that the Attorney General's Chambers is currently amending, aimed to further protect Brunei Darussalam from criminal activity.

          The networking event saw officers exchange views concerning various issues that are of importance for both offices surrounding matters of prosecution and investigation and opened discussion for several new initiatives to be undertaken in the coming year ahead. The event marks a strong and cohesive effort by both the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force to overcome challenges surrounding the criminal justice system in Brunei Darussalam and to adopt best practices and solutions in order to overcome these issues collectively and efficiently.

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21st January 2017 @ 9 am

        The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers today held their first Muzakarah session of the year with officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The session was held at the Anti-Corruption Bureau Headquarters at Jalan Airport Lama.

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        Seven Deputy Public Prosecutors led by the Deputy Head of the Criminal Justice Division, Senior Counsel Hjh Anifa Rafiza Binti Hj Abdul Ghani met with 43 officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in order to discuss common issues concerning the investigation and prosecution of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131. Among the issues discussed between officers from the two agencies included the use of investigation powers under various laws of Brunei Darussalam as well best practices to be adopted based on cases investigated and prosecuted previously. The session also discussed avenues in which the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Anti-Corruption Bureau could better collaborate and coordinate their efforts in order to streamline processes leading to more efficient prosecution and investigative results.

        Aside from the discussion, the Muzakarah session also afforded the opportunity for the investigation officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau to be acquainted with Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Criminal Justice Division who specialize in the prosecution of corruption and bribery cases. The Muzakarah is part of the Attorney General’s mission to further enhance collaboration and cooperation between the AGC and enforcement agencies in the pursuit of better quality investigations and prosecutions.

 

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        As part of efforts by the Ad Hoc Committee on Trafficking in Persons to further educate stakeholders concerning issues and approaches related to the eradication of human trafficking and people smuggling, the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force delivered a joint briefing to 15 diplomatic officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who will be posted to various embassies and high commissions of Brunei Darussalam abroad. The briefing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building in Jalan Subok.

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        In his opening remarks, Christopher Ng Ming Yew, Deputy Senior Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Attorney General's stressed that diplomatic personnel being deployed to foreign jurisdictions should not only know the elements of the trafficking in persons offence but also be aware of their role in identifying potential trafficking and smuggling victims who they make come across through various processes such as visa and work permit applications. During the briefing, officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade were briefed on the provisions of the Trafficking and Smuggling Order 2004, the differences between the acts of Human Trafficking and People Smuggling as well as international cooperation processes such as extradition and mutual legal assistance which may involve the assistance and involvement of diplomatic personnel in Brunei Darussalam's foreign missions. Officers were also informed of the successful prosecutions of trafficking in persons conducted under the law, emphasizing Brunei's strong stance against such crimes as reflected by the punishments imposed on those convicted.

        Deputy Superintendant Ang Lay Bee, Head of the Human Trafficking Unit also briefed on the role of the Human Trafficking Unit, under the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force as the main investigators of trafficking in persons. In highlighting the heinous nature of these transnational crimes, DSP Ang emphasised to the officers the importance of paying attention to the various "red flag indicators" in order to identify potential victims of trafficking. The officers were also reminded that foreign embassies and missions play an important role as stakeholders to ensure proper documentation and that the necessary immigration and labour requirements in their application are present before granting approval as well as providing assistance where necessary in accordance with the laws of the foreign country that they are posted in.

        The Briefing was jointly coordinated by the Ad Hoc Committee on Trafficking in Persons and the Training Unit of the Administration Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, 16th January 2017

The Attorney General's Chambers held a launching ceremony for its first Civil Division Manuals, the Government Contracts Manual and the Civil Division Work Manual, at the Golden Jubilee Hall, Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today. The launch coincided with a two days' Workshop on Contractual Risks Assessment conducted by Webb Henderson, a law firm from Australia.

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Both the Civil Division Manuals and the Workshop are part of the Attorney General's Chambers' initiatives to enhance the provision of quality legal advice and representation to the Government and increase understanding on the preparation for contract drafting whilst addressing any risks and challenges in Government contracts. This is in line with the Attorney General's Chambers' vision to be 'the highest quality legal service provider to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam'. This is also in line with the Civil Division's mission to ensure that Government contracts are well-drafted, clear and set out the Government's intentions in compliance with relevant laws, established rules and policies, whilst protecting the Government's interests.

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The objective of the Government Contracts Manual is to highlight to instructing Government agencies their roles and responsibilities in easing and expediting the contract drafting process. In particular, the Government Contracts Manual sets out the information that the instructing agencies should prepare for the Attorney General's Chambers' reference prior to sending a request to draft or vet a contract. The Government Contracts Manual also provides a guide on the Invitation to Tender process and explains the boiler plate provisions which normally appear in a Government contract.

The Civil Division Work Manual was published with the objective of providing a guide for the officers and staff of the Civil Division in carrying out their duties at the Attorney General's Chambers. It is hoped that the Work Manual, which includes work flow processes and guidance to contract drafting and civil litigation, will provide clarity to new and current members of the Civil Division and allow them to perform their duties with confidence.

Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. Also in attendance was Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A. Rashid, the Solicitor General who is also the Chairperson of the event, and officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

The event began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by the Welcoming Remarks from the Chairperson of the event. The Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh then delivered her Opening Address.

The Government Contracts Manual will be distributed to all Government ministries who are then to disseminate to the agencies under their purview. The Government Contracts Manual will also be available at the Attorney General's Chambers website: www.agc.gov.bn

 

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