Trinidad and Tobago: Building Capacity to Prosecute Complex Crimes

From September 7-9, 2018, NCSC conducted a 3-day training of trainers (TOT) workshop on prosecuting complex crimes for prosecutors from 11 countries including Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

The workshop was held in Trinidad & Tobago and was conducted by NCSC in collaboration with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  NITA is a leading provider of legal advocacy skills training.  The workshop produced a cadre of instructors and is the culmination of a series of trial advocacy trainings designed to enhance the skills of prosecutors throughout the region. 

The TOT workshop was hosted under the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Program, which seeks to strengthen the criminal justice system by developing the capacity of justice sector actors. As a result of the TOT Program, prosecutors have the capacity to train fellow and junior prosecutors, thus promoting continuous skills-building that will be fundamental to increasing the success rate of prosecutions.

Students of the Hugh Wooding School of Law participated in the workshop as student-attorneys. Their participation in the program provided them with a unique opportunity to develop their advocacy skills prior to joining the legal community as prosecutors or defense attorneys.

NCSC’s training projects in the region are part of its ongoing work under the Justice Sector Assistance to CBSI Program, funded by INL. Click here for more information on the program.