The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has successfully organised an Advocacy Teachers Training Course with the aim of increasing advocacy standards amongst its officers and nurturing trainers amongst its officers to educate on the art of advocacy. The course that began at the Law and Courts Building on August 21 will end on August 23.
The course was jointly organised with the International Advocacy Training Council (IATC) and involves the expertise of a team of six highly experienced ‘Grade A’ certified trainers namely, Anesta Weekes Q C, Vice Chair of the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales, Recorder and Queens Counsel at 23 Essex Street, London, United Kingdom; David Leung S C, Senior Counsel and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Hong Kong Department of Justice; Giles Surman, member of the Hong Kong Bar Association Special Committee on Criminal Law and Counsel at Plowman Chambers, Hong Kong; Ravi Nekoo, member of the Malaysian Bar Council and Partner at Hakim Arabi and Associates, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Cheow Wee, member of the Criminal Law Committee in the Kuala Lumpur Bar and Partner at Cheow Wee and Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Amrit Pal Singh, Deputy Chairperson of the Criminal Law Committee for the Malaysian Bar.
In her opening remarks on Friday, Aldila binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Assistant Solicitor General I and Head of the Criminal Justice Division stressed that advocacy is an important tool of a legal practitioner’s trade and that the skills in this area should continuously be improved.
She also highlighted the crucial and important role of advocacy in adversarial trials in convincing the court of one’s arguments and encouraged participants to take full advantage of the expertise provided in enhancing advocacy skills and professional standards.
Twenty-one officers from the Criminal Justice Division and the Civil Division of the Chambers participated in the course which saw participants being taught using the ‘Hampel Method’, an internationally renowned advocacy teaching technique.
Participants were also briefed about topics such as witness handling, submission advocacy, case analysis as well as ethics. Mock trials were also conducted which involved trainee teachers critiquing junior advocates on their performance in the practical aspects of the trial process.
The successful organisation of the Advocacy Teachers Training Course is the fruitful result of successful discussions between the Attorney General’s Chambers and International Counterparts from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in the United Kingdom and the International Advocacy Training Council, based in Hong Kong.
This marks the first time such a course has been held in Brunei Darussalam and is the product of successful networking by officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers with foreign counterparts and contacts established during various international conferences and training workshops.
The course also realises the Attorney General’s Chambers Strategic Vision, which emphasises on Human Capacity Building, aimed to better enable the delivery of legal services at the highest quality to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and to His Majesty’s Government.