Trial Advocacy Skills Training in Collaboration with the National Prosecution Authority, Zambia

AGA-Africa Programme seeks to foster relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa and the United States to combat transnational crimes. Against this backdrop, AGA-Africa Programme partnered with the National Prosecution Authority of Zambia bringing together State Advocates to share knowledge on the tools and techniques used in Trial Advocacy on 24th – 26th February 2021.

The training objective was to reinforce, sharpen and increase the participants’ skills in Trial Advocacy while incorporating international best practice.

The training was officially opened by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, with keynote addresses from Fulata Lillian Shawa Siyuni, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Distinguished facilitators from the US were Olu Salami, Assistant Polk County Attorney, Des Moines, Iowaines, Iowa and Natalae Velez, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Consultant.

The regional Experts were Lady Justice Catherine Phiri, Judge at the High Court of Zambia, Justice Timothy Kataneka, Judge at the High Court of Zambia, Bako Chipola, Deputy Chief State Advocate, National Prosecution Authority, Copperbelt Province-Zambia and Monica Mwanza, Head of General and Appeals Department, National Prosecution Authority.

The training included themes such as: Identifying and maintaining the Theory of the case, Trial Advocacy from a Judge’s perspective in Examining Witnesses, Effective Trial Advocacy and How Ethical Errors Can Ruin Your Case, Modern Trial Advocacy and  How to be Best Prepared for Your Case, Effective Examination in Chief, Trial Advocacy from A Judge’s perspective while Making Effective Submissions (Oral and Written), Imperatives for a Virtual Court Hearing, The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Trial Advocacy, Practical case review for tactical insights; examination in chief; cross examination and reexamination and Practical case review for best practices; examination in chief, cross examination and reexamination.

The insightful and captivating training was brought to a close by Moses Mwanza on behalf of Dr. Freda Mwamba- Brazle, Managing Partner, Innovatus Zambia and AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Zambia.