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It has been a successful year at the RTC and we wish to express our gratitude to the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) - Office of Africa and Middle East Programs (INL/AME) for supporting the RTC’s mission of building the capacity of criminal justice officials in Ghana and other neighboring countries. The INL/AME program has also hosted high level dialogues and workshops that drive progress at the upper levels of Ghana’s security and justice institutions. This year’s course offerings covered a wide variety of topics including Domestic Violence, Anti-Money Laundering, Border Management, Investigating Financial Crimes, Improving Criminal Prosecutions and Enhancing Judicial Professional Development. In this blog post, we would love to particularly highlight two courses delivered in 2018 which were very critical in responding to the current criminal justice needs in Ghana.

 

The first was the magistrate training on bails, appeals and international matters facilitated by the US Embassy Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) and the Director of the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) - Honorable Sir Dennis Adjei. The training brought together judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers who handle a wide range of matters critical to the effective and efficient operation of the criminal justice sector, particularly on laws governing prisoners. This training focused on updates in the law on bail, criminal appeals, and practical advice on conducting extradition hearings. It also touched on judicial ethics and case management SOP’s as well as best practices to process Mutual Legal Assistance (MLAT) requests. The second session of this training was conducted for prison officers, paralegals and attorneys who are the frontline of human right issues in prisons. Participants familiarized themselves with regulations governing bails and expired warrants of remand prisoners and inmates while increasing their knowledge on pre/post trial matters and the best way to handle human rights issues involved with prisoners.

The second course we would like to highlight is the Cyber Investigation Training which was delivered in three (3) phases: Basic Digital Evidence Identification and Collection; Cyber Investigative Techniques; and Digital Forensics and Moot Court. The (3) three-part training series was hosted for the same group of Investigators from Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso and Nigeria between April and September. The intent of this training series was to provide investigators with the appropriate forensic tools and techniques needed to identify, collect, analyze and preserve digital evidence. Each phase of the training presented participants with advanced knowledge on how to address the growing threat of financial crime via digital space and most importantly how to properly tender digital evidence in court. Kudos to the FBI Legal Attaché and his team of subject matter experts who facilitated course instructions throughout the period.

We would like to congratulate all participants for their contributions and we look forward to hearing great successes following the end of this intense course series.

Happy New Year!!