Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence Trainings for Magistrates in collaboration with Kenya Judiciary Academy and the Commonwealth Secretariat

Cybercrime is a great global concern. With increased use of technology, especially in the wake of Covid-19, came unique challenges in the administration of justice. Magistrates are on the front line of judicial work and are often interacting with cases involving electronic evidence and cybercrime hence the need to be equipped with necessary tools to deal with these cases.

Against this backdrop, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Kenya Judiciary Academy (KJA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat organized two 3-day workshop themed “Cybercrime & Electronic Evidence Training for Magistrates on 10th – 12th and 17th – 19th November 2021, respectively.

The objective of the training was to equip magistrates with critical tools and knowledge on handling cybercrime cases and electronic evidence and how to identify if the evidence presented in court is credible, compliant and respectful of human rights. This would enhance their capacity in adjudicating cybercrime cases.

The first training was graced by Hon. Justice Smokin C. Wanjala, Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya and the Director of the Kenya Judiciary Academy, Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member (virtually), Jonathan Ratel, Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems) Governance and Peace Directorate with AGA-Africa Programme International Advisor, John Edozie and Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, Programme Director and Strategic Advisor present at the venue. The magistrates were also joined by 3 representatives from the Judiciary Training Institute Somalia.

The second training was officially opened by Markus Green Esq, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, Hon. Justice Smokin Wanjala SCJ, Director Kenya Judiciary Academy and Supreme Court of Kenya Judge and Dr. Tawanda Hondora, Head of Rule of Law, Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat delivered keynote speeches during the opening.

The highly informative and interactive sessions were facilitated by subject matter experts: Jonathan Ratel, Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems), Governance and Peace Directorate, The Commonwealth Secretariat, Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology and Intellectual Property, Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Director, Centre for Intellectual Property, Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore Law School, Evelyn Mboya, Officer In-charge, Cyber Division, Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU), Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Shakirudeen Alade, Programme Assistance, Cyber Capability Programmes, the Commonwealth Secretariat Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor, Cyber Security Services, Internet Solutions Kenya and Founder of the Cyber Security collective Africahackon and Alex Osunga, Cyber Security Professional, @iLabAfrica.

Hon. Catherine Mburu, Lead Magistrate at Kenya Judiciary Academy brought the two sets of trainings to a close.