Baidoa aims at effective courts, first legal training

May 17, 2017

Judicial personnel from the Southwest State participated in 8-days training on the Penal Code and criminal procedures ©UNDP Somalia/2017

The United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme this month trained 25 judges, prosecutors, registrars, lawyers and members of the Judicial Services Commission serving in Somalia's Southwest State on the Penal Code and criminal procedures, law of evidence, as well as about cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

The judicial authorities of emerging Federal Member States lack qualified legal pratitioners and face an urgent need to develop the capacity of their serving officials.The training, which took place in Baidoa from 15 to 22 May, aims to contribute to the establishment of a court system with the ability to address civil and criminal matters.

H.E. Jibril Sheikh Luqman, Deputy Minister of Justice, expressed his appreciation to the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime : “We are happy to inaugurate the first structured legal training for judicial personnel in the Southwest State."

The Chief Judge of the Appeal Court of Bay Region, Abukar Sheikh Issack, also attended the opening of the training.

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Ms. Alexandra Simpson, Officer in Charge in Baidoa, explained that the training was part of a wider UN support to Southwest State’s justice institutions, which includes technical and advisory assistance, capacity building, legal aid, mobile courts, infrastructure and facilities, legal awareness campaigns as well as support to traditional elders within the community.

The European Union, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Peacebuilding Trust Fund provide financial support to these joint efforts by the United Nations.


Ruth Pfleiderer, Project Management Specialist Rule of Law   

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