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Make legal English a priority says S. Sudan minister

October 20, 2011 (JUBA) - Donor and development partners supporting South Sudan’s judicial system should develop training modules based on the English language, Paulion Wanawila, the country’s deputy minister for justice and constitutional affairs has advised.

Richard Okot, RCN Justice and Democratie’s head of mission (L), Paulion Wanawila, the deputy justice minister (centre) and Christopher Laki, the director for training and research in the justice ministry (R), awarding certificate of completion to workshop attendee, October 19, 2011 (ST)

Wanawila made this remark during the graduation ceremony of 20 legal counsels who successfully completed 11 weeks of training in Juba, the South Sudan capital. The training was conducted by the Belgian, good governance & rule of law in post-conflict countries non-governmental organisation, RCN Justice and Democratie.

“As lawyers, you need to invest in books and develop a strong reading culture,” said Wanawila, while urging them to share skills learnt during the training with their counterparts.

Richard Odokomit Okot, RCN Justice and Democracy’s head of mission in South Sudan underscored the need to improve the country’s judicial system, and agitated for long-term training.

Christopher Laki, the director for training and research in the justice ministry also appealed to donors to focus on building the capacity of more than 410 law officers currently employed by the ministry.

“As an independent nation, we have to focus on building the capacities of our junior law officers especially in practical aspects of the law,” Laki said.

Edward Yuggu, one of the trainees, lauded the funders and organisers of the event, but said more needed to be done regarding the company laws of and property rights in South Sudan. He said criminal law procedures, law of evidence, professional ethics, and criminal procedural laws were the main issues tackled during the training.