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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.
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).
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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