Thirty-one officers from various Government Ministries and Departments successfully graduated from the ODPP four-week basic prosecution course for statutory regulators on Friday at Suvavou House, Suva.

The Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mosese Korovou, in closing the course emphasised the need for prosecutors from each government ministry and department to understand their own respective legislation since they are given the power to prosecute matters.

The ODPP continues to assist Government Ministries and Departments through basic and advanced prosecution courses annually in an effort to equip prosecutors with basic trial preparation skills in prosecuting matters under their respective legislation.

The ODPP also provides desk officers and legal advice on possible charges and how to go about bringing a prosecution.

The four-week course was attended by staff from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, the Department of Environment, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and the Nasinu and Nausori Town Councils.

The Minister for Health, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, made an appearance at the closing ceremony and congratulated all the participants for successfully completing the course.

The course was facilitated by ODPP Principal Legal Officer Mr Yogesh Prasad.

These thirty-one officers will now be eligible to participate in the advanced prosecution course for statutory regulators in October this year.

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