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Justic Calanchini Reminds Prosecutors Of Responsibility

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) began its 2nd Annual National Prosecution Course at Lomanikoro House, in Suva yesterday. It was part of its continuing education outreach
28 Jun 2016 10:00
Justic Calanchini Reminds  Prosecutors Of Responsibility

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) began its 2nd Annual National Prosecution Course at Lomanikoro House, in Suva yesterday.

It was part of its continuing education outreach for police and statutory prosecutors across Fiji.

Court of Appeal president his Lordship Justice William Calanchini officially opened the National Prosecution Course.

Justice Calanchini reminded prosecutors that they have a special and unique responsibility.

“State prosecutors no matter which branch of the state you appear for, have a unique and special responsibility,” Justice Calanchini said.

“You are subject to general ethical obligations which do not apply to other counsel who appear in civil litigation or the counsel who appear on behalf of the defendant or accused in your matter.

“It is not your duty to obtain a conviction by all means or at any cost; your duty is to fairly and impartially ensure that the assessors and the judge or the magistrate have all the relevant evidence and facts presented in an intelligent form.”

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