Caribbean: Building Capacity for Trial Advocacy

In February 2019, NCSC hosted a Trial Advocacy Workshop in Grenada to enhance the skills of police prosecutors. Nineteen police prosecutors from Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis attended the workshop. The workshop was led by attorneys from NCSC’s Pro Bono Partner, DLA Piper New Perimeter, using training materials developed in partnership with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. The workshop covered topics such as case theory, conducting direct and cross-examinations, and presenting opening and closing arguments. Participants were given one-on-one coaching sessions with experts on techniques such as case strategy, courtroom composure, the ability to control witnesses, the introduction of forensic evidence, rhetorical devices, and how to structure their arguments. The interactive training gave participants the opportunity to present their own arguments and present cross examinations before their peers.

NCSC conducts criminal justice training and capacity building throughout the Caribbean in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), through the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Program.