EUPOL COPPS’ training on Forensics for High Judicial Council

Ramallah, 25 July 2010 - EUPOL COPPS’ second seminar on the judicial evaluation of forensics evidence for Palestinian judges started today in Ramallah, under the auspices of the High Judicial Council and the Palestinian Judicial Institute.

This seminar consists of two workshops, lasting two days each, where around 40 members of the Palestinian Judiciary will be trained in scientific evidence and forensics. A similar seminar took already place last December, with a successful outcome.
 
In his opening remarks today, Chief Justice Mr. Fareed AL JALLAD highlighted that:“The expertise of the Palestinian judges is good and has been accumulated during their experience in the Judiciary field; however, this expertise needs development and improvement”. He also commended the results achieved by the High Judicial Council in cooperation with EUPOL COPPS.
 
EUPOL COPPS’ Head of Mission, Mr. Henrik MALMQUIST, emphasized that: “EUPOL COPPS is here not only to provide support to the Palestinian Civil Police, but also to enhance the institutional and operational capabilities of the Justice Sector, acting through the whole Criminal Justice chain”. Commissioner Malmquist also added that: “We are happy that the High Judicial Council specifically asked for this seminar to be held again, allowing more judges to participate in the training. Hopefully it will be the start of a wider programme of specialized seminars on forensic topics”.
 
EUPOL COPPS’ Head of Rule of Law section, Mr. Nicholas Robson, mentioned that: “Now, the European institutions (The Office of the European Union Representative, SEYADA, EUPOL COPPS) are trying to join their efforts to provide a better coordinated support to the Palestinian justice institutions”.
 
During the first training session, MD Rayyan AL ALI of An-Najah University’s Forensic Institute in Nablus, and MD Zead AL ASHAB, the Ministry of Justice’s Head of the Forensic Department, delivered lectures on the technical aspects of scientific evidence, predominantly on forensic medicine. Also EUPOL COPPS’ police expert Michael Schulte presented a speech on “New investigation techniques”.