The Judiciary has signed an extended MoU with the Attorney General Alliance (AGA) Africa into a fresh capacity-building partnership.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the Director of JTI, Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala, and AGA-Africa Board member Markus Green was witnessed by Kenya’s Chief Justice Martha Koome in Mombasa on Tuesday.
“The renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between JTI and AGA-Africa is coming at a time when we are embarking on revamping our judicial education and training. It is therefore great to have AGA-Africa on board as our first partner in this journey into a bold future for judicial education in Kenya,” Chief Justice Koome said.
Koome said the dream of establishing an accessible, efficient, expeditious, cost-effective, and fair system of justice is anchored on having an inspired team of judges, judicial officers and Judiciary staff committed to excellence in the delivery of justice.
The MoU replaces a 2019 agreement with the then Conference of Western Attorneys General of the United States of America (now Attorney General Alliance), a bipartisan group originally of Western States but currently represents an association of Attorneys General, Federal, State and foreign officials, public and private sector partners throughout the world, including Africa.
The new agreement will support sharing of knowledge and experiences, development and strengthen human and institutional capacity, access to and exchange of information.
“We do know that as a result of our geographical location as well as other economic factors, Kenya is a hub for international crimes including terrorism, trafficking, money laundering, and cybercrime. This fact creates an essential requirement to intensify and continue the judges and magistrates’ sensitization on this very important topic,” Justice Wanjala said.
He elaborated that in a three-year period, JTI in collaboration with AGA Africa has trained over 100 judges from various courts on cybercrime and electronic evidence and over 130 magistrates in human trafficking.
According to Mr Green, AGA-Africa seeks to establish and foster robust relationships with justice and law enforcement agencies throughout Africa, to support the rule of law and combat transnational criminal activities.
AGA-Africa has a presence in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
“Our work has allowed us to collaborate with law enforcement agencies on the continent sharing best practices on a variety of transnational crime areas including, forensics, cybercrime, counterfeit drugs, human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, money laundering, and asset forfeiture, virtual currency and countering corruption,” Mr Green explained.
Areas of cooperation under the extended MoU include development of a physical and electronic JTI library, publication of annual or biannual journals covering diverse aspects of jurisprudence growth, intellectual dialogues, and pioneering thought leadership.
In addition, it provides for capacity building for Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Judges in transnational organized crime and other identified areas including election dispute resolution training. The training sessions will be extended to law clerks and legal researchers who support the judges.
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