Judiciary

Prosecutors told to keep out of politics

The Chief Justice Mr Anthony Gates yesterday reminded 24 graduate Police and Statutory Prosecutors to refrain from getting involved in politics. While congratulating the prosecutors on their graduation at the 2nd Annual National Prosecution Course (NPC) graduation ceremony, the Chief Justice challenged them to continually improve and hone their skills and further their education as […]

Peni Shute

July 29, 2016 9:11 am

The Chief Justice Mr Anthony Gates yesterday reminded 24 graduate Police and Statutory Prosecutors to refrain from getting involved in politics.

 The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde with the Chief Justice His Lordship Mr Anthony Gates. (ODPP)
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde with the Chief Justice His Lordship Mr Anthony Gates. (ODPP)

While congratulating the prosecutors on their graduation at the 2nd Annual National Prosecution Course (NPC) graduation ceremony, the Chief Justice challenged them to continually improve and hone their skills and further their education as prosecutors.

GATES: “As prosecutors who have prosecutorial functions, keep out of politics; if you want to be a politician go and do something else…There is a lot of hard work to be done as prosecutors and if you are not prepared to do hard work, then prosecution is not for you and secondly you have to master your job thoroughly.”

Chief Justice Gates and the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho presented awards and certificates to the participants on their successful completion of the six-week course.

Best Litigation Drafter Apenisa Keresoni, Dux awardees Walter Taito and Ravinesh Raj, Best Ethics Laniani Musuqaqa, Best All Rounder Lilieta Bula, 3RD Place and Best Mooter Jitendera Singh and 2nd Place Kinisalote Lagivuki. (ODPP)
Best Litigation Drafter Apenisa Keresoni, Dux awardees Walter Taito and Ravinesh Raj, Best Ethics Laniani Musuqaqa, Best All Rounder Lilieta Bula, 3RD Place and Best Mooter Jitendera Singh and 2nd Place Kinisalote Lagivuki. (ODPP)

The NPC is part of the ODPP’s continuing education programme for prosecutors from the Police, Government Ministries, Departments, and statutory bodies.

Permanent Secretaries from the Civil Service, Employment, and Fisheries were in attendance as well as family members and friends of the graduates.

There were 24 prosecutors and law enforcement agents attending from the:

  • Fiji Police Force
  • Fiji National Provident Fund
  • National Occupational Health and Safety Services
  • Ministry of Fisheries
  • Water Authority of Fiji
  • Suva City Council
  • Land Transport Authority

Principal Legal Officers Seini K. Puamau and Yogesh Prasad were the Course Conveners, and they were also assisted by State Counsel from the ODPP throughout the six-week course.

(L-R) The Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Christopher Pryde, Chief Justice His Lordship Mr Anthony Gates and the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho at the National Prosecution Course Graduation Ceremony. (ODPP)
(L-R) The Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Christopher Pryde, Chief Justice His Lordship Mr Anthony Gates and the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho at the National Prosecution Course Graduation Ceremony. (ODPP)

The National Prosecution Course was an intensive course run by the ODPP from 27 June 2016 to 28 July 2016.

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