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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 Yang Mulia Haji Mohd Yusree bin Haji Junaidi as well as senior officers, officers and staff of Attorney General’s Chambers.

The objectives of Hari Raya gathering held is to meet and greet, seek forgiveness and also forge closer ties amongst the officer and staff of the Attorney General’s Chambers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday, 07th June 2018 – In conjuction with Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1439/2018, the Attorney General's Chambers held Khatam Al-Quran ceremony 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 the honour at the event was the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Haji Mohd Yusree bin Haji Junaidi. Also present Yang Mulia Datin Nurhayana Janis binti Abdullah Lim, the spouse of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and also senior officers, officers and staffs at the Attorney General's Chambers.

The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah was led by Yang Mulia Awang Muhammad Adi Faisal bin Haji Omar followed by the reading of Qur'an verses and takhtim.

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In conjuction with the upcoming month of Ramadhan, Attorney General's Chambers held cemetery cleaning campaign and recital of Tahlil which was jointly organised with Judiciary Department on 10th May 2018 at a Muslim cemetery in Kampong Limbungan, Batu Satu, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha. The event began with cleaning campaign and followed by the recitation of Tahlil. The event was followed with the presentation of wakaf in the form of grass cutter machine and leaf blower and also other items for the use of cleaning cemetery in which presented to Building and Maintenance Division, Ministry of Religious Affair.

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In order to enliven the holy month of Ramadhan this year, the Attorney General's Chambers held daily Tadarus activity throughout the Ramadhan before start daily work. Also held a special talk in conjuction with Ramadhan Al-Mubarak on 26th May 2018 at Law and Court Building titled "Amalan Bersedekah dan Amalan Membazir di Bulan Ramadhan" was delivered by the invited speaker from Islamic Propagation Centre Ustaz Haji Ismuhadi bin Haji Abdullah present by senior officers, officers and staffs at the Attorney General's Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 12th May 2018 - The Attorney General's Chambers organised the National Seminar on Awareness Building on Digital Copyright and Related Rights: 'Tapping on the New Techs and Apps: Opportunities and Challenges' at the Golden Jubilee Hall of the Law and Courts Building.

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The Seminar aims to increase awareness on the recent development and enforcement of digital copyright and related rights in Brunei Darussalam and the challenges faced by local creators in protecting their copyrighted works particularly with regards to online publishing and online social media.  The Seminar included presentations from experiences of local creators, enforcement in Brunei Darussalam, the meaning and effect of moral rights and most importantly developments in copyright and related rights.  The Seminar further heard representative of the World Intellectual Property Organization who presented on recent developments in international protection of copyright and related rights.


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In her welcoming address, the Assistant Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Dyg Hajah Nor Hashimah binti Hj Md Taib acknowledged Brunei Darussalam's recent membership to the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty in 2017.  Also commonly known as the Internet Treaties.  She further noted that the increase in the use of social media by the public such as entrepreneurs, aspiring artists, agencies, journalists, has given rise to the need to extend the promotion and protection of the copyright and related rights in this digital era.  This new development in the dissemination of works via the Internet or any other form of digital media raises new questions concerning copyright and related rights.  In particular issues related to the enforcement of those rights.  With that in mind it is hoped that the Seminar would be able to give further insight into the issues and challenges but also opportunities available.

The Seminar concluded with a roundtable discussion on the practical experience of digital copyright and related rights by copyright owners in Brunei Darussalam.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 21 April 2018 – 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 was the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Muhd Yusree bin Haji Junaidi as well as senior officers, officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

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A special talk titled 'Sembahyang Berjemaah Meraih Berkat' was delivered by the invited speaker from Al-Minhaaj Centre, Ustazah Zati Hanani Binti Dato Seri Setia Hj Rajid. The ceremony was then followed by the presentation of souvenir in appreciation of excellent service by Yang Berhormat the Attorney General to an employee of the Attorney General's Chambers that has retired.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 12th April 2018 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Sendirian Berhad (BSP), Dr. Ceri M Powell, at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, the Honourable Attorney General and Dr. Powell exchanged views on the existing cooperation between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and BSP, including recent efforts in developing local expertise and talent in the industry. Dr. Powell also expressed her appreciation for the role and contribution of the Attorney General’s Chambers in the oil and gas industry over the years.    

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


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The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers held a dialogue session with prosecutors from law enforcement agencies and statutory bodies on Saturday, 3 March 2018 at the Golden Jubilee Hall of the Law and Courts Building.

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The dialogue, held specifically for officers of law enforcement agencies and statutory bodies who prosecute on behalf of the Public Prosecutor, with the objectives of reiterating the importance of their role in the criminal justice system; enhancing the existing working relationship between the Criminal Justice Division and other law enforcement agencies and statutory bodies; and providing a platform for prosecutors from law enforcement agencies and statutory bodies to exchange views, concerns, challenges and best practices in order for them to efficiently discharge their role as prosecutors appointed by the Public Prosecutor. The dialogue was attended by representatives from the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Narcotics Control Bureau, Royal Customs and Excise Department, Royal Brunei Police Force, Department of Labour and the Employees Trust Fund (TAP).

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In her opening remarks, the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh emphasised that while prosecutors face various challenges such as the handling and presentation of evidence and handling witnesses, they must always strive to uphold the integrity of being a prosecutor and to provide the highest quality legal services for His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan and His Majesty's Government. The Attorney General expressed her appreciation for the ongoing efforts of all prosecuting officers to uphold justice in the criminal justice system in Brunei Darussalam through unwavering commitment, dedication and carrying out their duties with the utmost honesty, integrity and professionalism. The Attorney General also reiterated that these qualities were in line with His Majesty's titah during the 24th Civil Service Day, stating, "good public servants are those who serve honestly and sincerely"

As part of the dialogue, Senior Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Attorney General's Chambers and Senior Magistrates from the Subordinate Courts also shared their views and opinions on best practices for the efficient and effective conduct of prosecutions.

The dialogue, the first of its kind, was organised as part of the Criminal Justice Division's ongoing efforts to increase the standards of efficiency and effectiveness of prosecutions in Brunei Darussalam as well as to further strengthen the cooperation amongst Deputy Public Prosecutors in the Attorney General's Chambers and their law enforcement counterparts, in fulfilment of the Attorney General's Chambers vision to be the highest quality legal service provider for His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Majesty's Government.

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A team of prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers conducted talks to Stella’s School as part of their efforts to educate the youth of Brunei Darussalam of cybercrime and the importance of Internet safety.

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The talk, which was entitled ‘Cybercrime and the Risks and Dangers of Social Media’, was delivered over two sessions to the Year 6 students of Stella’s School. A total of over 100 students attended the two talks delivered by Deputy Public Prosecutors Hjh Rozaimah binti Hj Abdul Rahman, Siti Nurjauinah binti Hj Kula, Sharon Yeo and Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof.

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The talk was tailored to cover areas of cybercrime that may involve children and teenagers including cyber bullying, online blackmailing and the spreading of unverified messages. Real examples of cases that have been brought to the Courts of Brunei Darussalam were also given during the talk to highlight that such incidents can occur in our nation. The speakers also educated their young audience of the consequences of befriending strangers online whose true intentions may be unbeknownst to them until it is too late. It was highlighted to the students how easily someone can pose as another person online and that the information or personal media they share can be taken advantage of by criminals lurking on cyber space. The students were advised to avoid disclosing personal information online and to immediately inform a guardian or teacher of any concerns they may have.

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Following the talks, the students were given the opportunity to ask the speakers questions. The speakers left the students with the important message to ‘Think Before You Post’.

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The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers invites 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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The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers continues its efforts to raise public awareness, particularly among teenagers, on the risks and dangers of technology and social media in a briefing to an audience of 100 Year 7 students at the Student Learning Centre, Rimba II Secondary School. The briefing was organised by the Student Faculty, Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, in cooperation with Rimba II Secondary School.

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A presentation entitled ‘Cybercrime and the Risks and Dangers of Social Media’ was delivered as part of the briefing by Deputy Public Prosecutors, Siti Nurjauinah Hj Kula, Nurul Fitri Kiprawi, Nor’adliatul Hidayah Hj Mohd Zaidi and Pg Nor’ Azmeena Pg Hj Mohiddin. The speakers covered various issues associated with the use of social media such as cyber bullying and the prevalence of online scamming and blackmailing. One of the highlighted topics was the sharing of personal information online, which could be easily exploited by cyber criminals in order to commit offences. The audience was reminded to be weary of who they communicated with on the internet and to exercise caution before posting or sharing personal information about themselves as well as others.

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The audience was also briefed on several cybercrime cases that have been prosecuted in Brunei Darussalam including those which resulted from spreading false information about others and forwarding viral messages. The presentation was then followed by a question and answer session, which covered issues such as Brunei Darussalam’s relevant laws and the penalties for related offences. Students were advised not to believe everything they receive online and through social media, and to try and ascertain the accuracy and credibility of information through official sources before sharing.

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers invites interested agencies, schools and educational institutions to contact the Chambers if they are interested in holding similar briefings in the future. Requests for such briefings 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, BA1910, Brunei Darussalam.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 22nd January 2018 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call President of Law Society Brunei Darussalam Mr On Hung Zheng at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and the President discussed areas of mutual interest in particular, to consider ways to enhance further the quality of legal services in Brunei Darussalam, consider possible areas of cooperation. 

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They also discussed ways to ensure people of limited financial means would have access to legal advice.  In that regard, the Honorable Attorney General welcomed the Law Society's plans to conduct a legal advice clinic for these people, which will begin on 27th Jan 2018 at the Law and Subordinate Courts Building.

Also present during the courtesy call were the Vice President of the Law Society, YM Pg Izad-Ryan PLKDR Pg Hj Bahrin and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers has successfully organized an Orientation session for Law Enforcement Officers on the Criminal Justice System, focusing on how they can be effective in giving evidence in Court. The one day session aimed at law enforcement officers and personnel with little or no experience in giving evidence in court, took place in the Jubilee Emas Hall of the Law and Courts Building and is an initiative by the Criminal Justice Division to impart knowledge on to the Law Enforcement community in an effort to increase the standards of efficiency and effectiveness of prosecutions in Negara Brunei Darussalam as well as to strengthen networking amongst Deputy Public Prosecutors and their law enforcement counterparts.

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In her opening remarks, the Acting Assistant Solicitor General, Dyg Aldila Hj Mohd Salleh emphasised the important and crucial role that law enforcement officers play as witnesses in the court process as the success or failure of any criminal prosecution is contingent on the quality of evidence provided by them as witnesses. She further stressed to the participants in discharging this important responsibility that officers from law enforcement must be credible and convincing in giving evidence to ensure justice is served. Officers and personnel were reminded that mistakes when giving evidence during a trial may adversely affect a prosecution causing a criminal to walk free. The Acting Assistant Solicitor General also focused on the need for those in law enforcement to be fair, impartial and honest in the constant discharge of their duties in line with the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam delivered on the occasion of the 24th Civil Service Day Celebration on 22nd November 2017 whereby His Majesty stated that "Good public servants are those who serve honestly and sincerely, and not who are efficient but disloyal."

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The session also saw the launching of a Criminal Justice Division publication entitled "Guide to Being A Witness in Court" which has been issued in both Bahasa Melayu and English versions which are available for perusal at the AGC website at www.agc.gov.bn

The session which involved lectures from senior Deputy Public Prosecutors on basic knowledge to do with giving evidence in court also incorporated practical components such as demonstrations in a real life court room to provide participants with added value to their training.

The workshop which was organized in fulfilment of the Attorney General's Chambers vision to be the highest quality legal service provider for His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam concluded with the presentation of certificates of participation to 50 participants from various law enforcement agencies.


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday, 21th December 2017 – The Attorney General's Chambers held a Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Law and Courts Building at Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today.

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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 were the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Haji Mohd Yusree bin Hj Junaidi as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The highlight of the event was recital of Ratib Al-Attas and the event followed by the recital of dikir by the officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

The event which was organized by the Jawatankuasa Acara-Acara Keagamaan Pejabat Peguam Negara is one of the Attorney General Chambers annual activity to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to uphold and spread the Syiar of Islam.

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The Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, led a delegation from the Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam to the 8th Event of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore which was hosted by the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia. Delegates from the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia was led by the Attorney General, Hon. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi bin Haji Ali whereas the Attorney General’s Chambers of Singapore was led by the Attorney General, Hon. Mr. Lucien Wong, SC.

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During the Officiating Ceremony of the 8th Event, the Hon. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj Mohamed Apandi, the Attorney General of Malaysia recognised the strong cooperation and ties among the three Attorney General’s Chambers.  He further acknowledged the similarities that exist among the three Attorney General’s Chambers and the common objectives that are shared amongst them.  He added that in the context of the world today where issues faced are beyond the traditional and conventional legal issues, legal officers need not only be equipped with the necessary knowledge, but also be kept abreast of the latest developments of the law and other potential areas that require legal and regulatory intervention. To excel as legal advisers, they must be aware and give cognisance to the legal issues being deliberated in other jurisdictions as well as in other international forums.

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The Hon. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Azalina Dato’ Othman Said, delivered the keynote address for the Officiating Event.  She recognised the importance of the three Attorney General’s Chambers’ to continue to build on the rapport that they have nurtured for so many years in furthering their greater tri-nation agenda.  The gathering of officers from the three Attorney General’s Chambers serves as an important forum for the exchange of knowledge in law and practice, particularly in areas which the participating countries have common interests and to provide a platform for interaction and networking among the officers at different levels of experience and of diverse areas of expertise.  YBhg. Dato’ Sri Azalina further added that the fact that this Event is the 8th Event is testament to the relationship which has developed not just among the Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore, but also to the 3 countries’ tight diplomatic relations.

 

The Event heard from speakers from all of the 3 Attorney Generals’ Chambers who deliberated on topics of mutual legal interest, relating to legislative drafting, international trade and the prosecution approaches to the social media.  In addition to the presentation of papers the Attorney Generals for the 3 countries and their respective delegation also took part in a bonding sessions organised by the host country.  These sessions involved team-building activities, which is meant to enhance further the relationships between the 3 AGCs.

 

The gathering of Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore began in 2006 is held every 2 years.  The close relationship among the 3 AGCs have benefited officers by enabling them to participate in attachment programs, workshops and in-house training organised by the respective AGCs.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 25th November 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of People's Republic of China, His Excellency Cao Jianming at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency acknowledged the long-standing relationship and close cooperation between both sides and discussed ways to enhance cooperation especially under the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of legal cooperation signed in 2002 between the Attorney General's Chambers of Brunei Darussalam and the Supreme People's Prosecution Services of the People's Republic of China.

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In addition, the Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency also discussed on the China ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference which serves as forum for high level dialogue to discuss and formulate policy to combat transnational crimes and on the opportunities for further cooperation between the two countries under the forum. Both sides also discussed the preparation for the China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference which will be hosted by Brunei Darussalam in August next year.

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The Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency then issued a Joint Statement in further enhancing cooperation between both sides. The Joint Statement among others reiterates the importance of strengthening legal cooperation, particularly in the field of prosecution, undertakes to enhance the exchange of visits and provide assistance in matters of mutual interest; exchange of experiences; sharing of legal materials, prosecutorial work information and legal publication. The Joint Statement also expressed the commitment of both sides to fully utilize the China-ASEAN Prosecutor's Exchange and Training Base in strengthening exchange and training for the prosecutors of both countries.

 

Also present during the courtesy call were the senior officials from both sides.

 

In the evening, a dinner reception in conjuction with the visit of His Excellency was held at the Rizqun International Hotel and hosted by the Honourable Attorney General. Also present at the dinner reception were the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, Her Excellency Yang Jian and the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, Yang Mulia Datin Hajah Elinda binti Haji C.A Mohamed and senior officials of both countries.


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 22nd November 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr. Motohiko Kato, at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, the Honorable Attorney General and His Excellency exchanged views on various matters.  They acknowledged the important contributions of women in Brunei Darussalam under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, as well as other legal matters such as areas for cooperation between both 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, 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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