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Orientation to the Criminal Justice System: Guide to Giving Evidence

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.


E-copy of Guide to Being A Witness in Court

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