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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 21st March 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the Indian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Mrs Nagma M Mallick at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Her Excellency Mrs Nagma M Mallick acknowledged the close cooperation between the 2 countries as well as the important role of women in the development of the country and exchanged views on various legal matters. 

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Honourable Solicitor General Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A.Rasid , and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 14th Mac 2017 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Nicola Rosenblum at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Her Excellency Ms Nicola Rosenblum exchanged views on various legal matters as well as opportunities for training with the Chambers.

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Legislative Draftsman Yang Mulia Alice Khan binti Ahmad Khan, and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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​7th February 2017

A team of prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers delivered a talk on "The Legal Profession and Life as a Prosecutor" to students from Jerudong International School interested in pursuing a career in law. The talk, presented by Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ng, Dr Mohammad Hussin Ali Bin Idris and Raihan Nabilah Binti Hj Ahmad Ghazali touched on the aspects of the work conducted by the Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Attorney General's Chambers who appear on behalf of the Public Prosecutor for criminal cases. The speakers also touched on the various educational routes that can be taken to be qualified as a lawyer in Brunei Darussalam as well as inviting interested students to enter the Attorney General's Chambers attachment programme during their school holidays or after their exams if they were interested in witnessing the practical side of the law profession. The session was rounded off with a question and answer session where the students had the opportunity to ask further questions to the officers concerning their line of work.

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The talk held was jointly organized with the Careers Department of Jerudong International School as part of the School's yearly Careers Carousel and represents the Attorney General's Chambers' efforts to impart knowledge concerning the legal profession to those interested in pursuing such careers.



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24-26 January 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has successfully delivered a Workshop on Criminal Asset Recovery to officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau. The course which took place over 3 days was held at Dewan Permai at the Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in Jalan Tungku, Gadong.

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The workshop which was attended by 15 officers saw participants being briefed about the provisions of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 as well as the powers of investigations that can be exercised under the law. The workshop that was conducted by Hjh Suriana Binti Hj Radin and Christopher Ng Ming Yew, both Deputy Senior Counsels and Deputy Public Prosecutors focused on how officers from the Narcotics Control Bureau should use the additional powers conferred on them under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 in conjunction with their powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27 in order to better investigate narcotics cases with financial elements involved. Topics such as international cooperation, securing and tracing assets, asset management and drafting affidavits for forfeiture applications were also covered by the presenters of the course. Participants were also engaged in discussion of various case studies in order to apply what they had learnt over the duration of the workshop. The workshop concluded with the presentation of certificates to the 15 participants.NCB 3.jpeg

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The holding of the workshop marks the 3rd time such a workshop has been successfully organized by the Criminal Justice Division of the AGC, following workshops conducted previously for the Commercial Crimes Investigations Division of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The holding of such workshops marks the initiative of the Attorney General’s Chambers to further educate and spread awareness on the laws of Brunei Darussalam to law enforcement agencies which bear the task of implementing them. The workshop was also aimed at increasing cooperation between the AGC and the NCB and to encourage a greater focus on financial investigations with the aim of depriving criminals of their profits and proceeds. The workshop also built upon the Narcotics Control Bureau’s 2 successful criminal asset recovery applications which were granted by the High Court in 2016 as well as the establishment of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Financial Investigation Unit aimed at investigating the financial dimension of cases involving drugs.

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21st January 2017 @ 3 pm

          The Royal Brunei Police Force and the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers have successfully organized a get-together event between Deputy Public Prosecutors and Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department in the interest of promoting greater camaraderie and cooperation between the two offices. The event was held at the Officer's Mess at the Police Headquarters in Gadong and was also attended by Officers in charge of the various police districts, district crime officers as well as district traffic officers.

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          In his opening remarks, Haji Abdullah Soefri Bin POKSM DSP Hj Abidin, the Acting Assistant Solicitor General thanked the ACP Pg Hj Mohd Jefri Bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Hamid, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force for hosting the event, which only serves to increase networking and cooperation between the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force with the main aim of upholding the Criminal Justice System of Brunei Darussalam. The Acting Assistant Solicitor General welcomed recent initiatives by the Royal Brunei Police Force to improve investigations and also stated that greater collaboration and cooperation was required by both agencies to address current and emerging forms of crime such as cybercrime, complex financial crimes and trafficking in persons. Further to this, he stressed the need for officers and experts from the Royal Brunei Police Force to provide their much valuable input concerning a number of laws that the Attorney General's Chambers is currently amending, aimed to further protect Brunei Darussalam from criminal activity.

          The networking event saw officers exchange views concerning various issues that are of importance for both offices surrounding matters of prosecution and investigation and opened discussion for several new initiatives to be undertaken in the coming year ahead. The event marks a strong and cohesive effort by both the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force to overcome challenges surrounding the criminal justice system in Brunei Darussalam and to adopt best practices and solutions in order to overcome these issues collectively and efficiently.

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21st January 2017 @ 9 am

        The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers today held their first Muzakarah session of the year with officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The session was held at the Anti-Corruption Bureau Headquarters at Jalan Airport Lama.

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        Seven Deputy Public Prosecutors led by the Deputy Head of the Criminal Justice Division, Senior Counsel Hjh Anifa Rafiza Binti Hj Abdul Ghani met with 43 officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in order to discuss common issues concerning the investigation and prosecution of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131. Among the issues discussed between officers from the two agencies included the use of investigation powers under various laws of Brunei Darussalam as well best practices to be adopted based on cases investigated and prosecuted previously. The session also discussed avenues in which the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Anti-Corruption Bureau could better collaborate and coordinate their efforts in order to streamline processes leading to more efficient prosecution and investigative results.

        Aside from the discussion, the Muzakarah session also afforded the opportunity for the investigation officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau to be acquainted with Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Criminal Justice Division who specialize in the prosecution of corruption and bribery cases. The Muzakarah is part of the Attorney General’s mission to further enhance collaboration and cooperation between the AGC and enforcement agencies in the pursuit of better quality investigations and prosecutions.

 

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        As part of efforts by the Ad Hoc Committee on Trafficking in Persons to further educate stakeholders concerning issues and approaches related to the eradication of human trafficking and people smuggling, the Attorney General's Chambers and the Royal Brunei Police Force delivered a joint briefing to 15 diplomatic officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who will be posted to various embassies and high commissions of Brunei Darussalam abroad. The briefing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building in Jalan Subok.

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        In his opening remarks, Christopher Ng Ming Yew, Deputy Senior Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Attorney General's stressed that diplomatic personnel being deployed to foreign jurisdictions should not only know the elements of the trafficking in persons offence but also be aware of their role in identifying potential trafficking and smuggling victims who they make come across through various processes such as visa and work permit applications. During the briefing, officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade were briefed on the provisions of the Trafficking and Smuggling Order 2004, the differences between the acts of Human Trafficking and People Smuggling as well as international cooperation processes such as extradition and mutual legal assistance which may involve the assistance and involvement of diplomatic personnel in Brunei Darussalam's foreign missions. Officers were also informed of the successful prosecutions of trafficking in persons conducted under the law, emphasizing Brunei's strong stance against such crimes as reflected by the punishments imposed on those convicted.

        Deputy Superintendant Ang Lay Bee, Head of the Human Trafficking Unit also briefed on the role of the Human Trafficking Unit, under the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force as the main investigators of trafficking in persons. In highlighting the heinous nature of these transnational crimes, DSP Ang emphasised to the officers the importance of paying attention to the various "red flag indicators" in order to identify potential victims of trafficking. The officers were also reminded that foreign embassies and missions play an important role as stakeholders to ensure proper documentation and that the necessary immigration and labour requirements in their application are present before granting approval as well as providing assistance where necessary in accordance with the laws of the foreign country that they are posted in.

        The Briefing was jointly coordinated by the Ad Hoc Committee on Trafficking in Persons and the Training Unit of the Administration Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, 16th January 2017

The Attorney General's Chambers held a launching ceremony for its first Civil Division Manuals, the Government Contracts Manual and the Civil Division Work Manual, at the Golden Jubilee Hall, Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today. The launch coincided with a two days' Workshop on Contractual Risks Assessment conducted by Webb Henderson, a law firm from Australia.

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Both the Civil Division Manuals and the Workshop are part of the Attorney General's Chambers' initiatives to enhance the provision of quality legal advice and representation to the Government and increase understanding on the preparation for contract drafting whilst addressing any risks and challenges in Government contracts. This is in line with the Attorney General's Chambers' vision to be 'the highest quality legal service provider to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam'. This is also in line with the Civil Division's mission to ensure that Government contracts are well-drafted, clear and set out the Government's intentions in compliance with relevant laws, established rules and policies, whilst protecting the Government's interests.

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The objective of the Government Contracts Manual is to highlight to instructing Government agencies their roles and responsibilities in easing and expediting the contract drafting process. In particular, the Government Contracts Manual sets out the information that the instructing agencies should prepare for the Attorney General's Chambers' reference prior to sending a request to draft or vet a contract. The Government Contracts Manual also provides a guide on the Invitation to Tender process and explains the boiler plate provisions which normally appear in a Government contract.

The Civil Division Work Manual was published with the objective of providing a guide for the officers and staff of the Civil Division in carrying out their duties at the Attorney General's Chambers. It is hoped that the Work Manual, which includes work flow processes and guidance to contract drafting and civil litigation, will provide clarity to new and current members of the Civil Division and allow them to perform their duties with confidence.

Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. Also in attendance was Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A. Rashid, the Solicitor General who is also the Chairperson of the event, and officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

The event began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by the Welcoming Remarks from the Chairperson of the event. The Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh then delivered her Opening Address.

The Government Contracts Manual will be distributed to all Government ministries who are then to disseminate to the agencies under their purview. The Government Contracts Manual will also be available at the Attorney General's Chambers website: www.agc.gov.bn

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 17th December 2016 – The Attorney General's Chambers held a Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Law and Courts Building at Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today.

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Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh.

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The highlight of the event was special talk titled 'Berurusan Yang Berkat Dengan Bercontoh Kepada Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam' delivered by the invited speaker Yang Mulia Ustaz Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ajak, Master of Islamic Philosophy, Kaherah University, Mesir which was followed by hand over of farewell gift to a retired officer. The event followed by the recital zikir by the officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

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The event which was organized by the Jawatankuasa Acara-Acara Keagamaan Pejabat Peguam Negara was to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and also to take the teaching and lesson of the sirah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as guidance for our daily life.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 16th November 2016 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy calls from High Commissioner of Canada, Her Excellency Marina B. Laker at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Her Excellency Marina B. Laker exchanged views on various legal matters. 

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Also present during the courtesy call were the Honourable Solicitor General Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A.Rasid , and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 1st November 2016 – The Attorney General, the Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received two separate courtesy calls from High Commissioner of Singapore, His Excellency Mr. Lim Hong Huai and High Commissioner of Malaysia, His Excellency Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman at the Law Building today.

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The Honourable Attorney General received the High Commissioner of Singapore in the morning where they exchanged views on several issues of mutual interest including the recent trends of legal profession in the region.  In this regard, the Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati and His Excellency Lim Hong Huai expressed the importance of the exchange of experiences and best practices between the two countries.

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During the courtesy call by His Excellency the High Commissioner of Malaysia was held in the afternoon, the Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman exchanged views on various legal issues of mutual concern and acknowledged the strong and friendly cooperation between the two countries.

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Both courtesy call concluded with an exchange of gifts.

Also present during the courtesy call were senior officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 – Recently the Attorney General's Chambers and Civil Service Institute co-jointly organised for the first time the "Public Officers' Law Seminar: Understanding the Law 2016" held at the Dewan Pencapaian, Civil Service Institute.

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Present in attendance as the Guest of Honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. The event began with the recital of surah Al-Fatihah followed by the welcoming remarks from the Chairperson of the Organising Committee for the Public Officers' Law Seminar: Understanding the Law 2016, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji A Rasid. The Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh also delivered the keynote address at the event.

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The Seminar which was organised for two days involved 13 senior officers from the Attorney General's Chambers delivering their papers on areas which those officers are specialised in. Among the papers presented were on Constitutional matters which provide the basis of governance in general, including the authority to create, amend and repeal laws within the framework of legislation; aspects of international relations in so far as International Treaties and obligations goes; the essential concept of Criminal Justice System in having to bring criminal cases to Court and due processes that it may entail; the numerous aspects necessitating Civil Litigation and the possible utilisation of recognised alternative dispute resolutions as supplementary avenues for civil redress amongst others.

It is yet another initiative by the Attorney General's Chambers and the main objective of the Seminar is to introduce the public officers to the general legal principles which they are likely to encounter in the course of their day to day work and to ensure that they function within the bounds of the law in order to promote an effective performance of their duties in the public service. It also gave an opportunity to forge closer ties between the Attorney General's Chambers and the respective government agencies. About 70 Government officers who are dealing with matters involving law-making, contract management or international treaties or matters dealing with enforcement attended the Seminar.

The highlight of the Seminar was the launching of the publication "Musings from Chambers: Chambers Decoded" which is a collection of articles from senior officers of their personal experiences and challenges in the Attorney General's Chambers. This publication is yet another initiative of the Attorney General's Chambers to give readers a glimpse of how the Chambers functions.


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday, 13th October 2016 - The Attorney General's Chambers held a ceremony to commemorate the new Islamic Year 1438 Hijrah this afternoon at the Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak.

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Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh. Also present was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mohammed Al Mokhtar bin Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The ceremony was followed by a special talk titled 'Harta Berkat Negara Selamat' delivered by the invited speaker from Prisons Deparment, Yang Mulia Ustaz Awang Fariszal bin Ali.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 13th September 2016 – The Attorney General, The Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Her Excellency, Madame Joelle Garriaud-Maylam Senator for the French Community Abroad at the Attorney General’s Chambers, Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honourable Attorney General and Her Excellency Madame Joelle Garriaud-Maylam Senator exchanged views on various legal issues.  The Honourable Attorney General spoke on the importance attached by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan Brunei Darussalam on issues affecting women and children, in particular the issues related to domestic violence, human trafficking and the available laws protecting them.  Also discussed were on laws and other initiatives related to attracting foreign direct investment in the country.

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Also present during the courtesy call were senior officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 23rd August 2016 – The Attorney General, The Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador of Russia to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Vladlen Semivolos at the Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honourable Attorney General and His Excellency exchanged views on various issues of legal and mutual concern. During the courtesy call, His Excellency also expressed his appreciation to The Honourable Attorney General specifically acknowledging the Attorney General’s Chambers’ key role in vetting the agreements and memoranda of understanding that had been signed between the two countries. In that regard, His Excellency further expressed his aspirations to see more cooperation between Russia and Brunei Darussalam, such as in the area of trade and investment, defence and education.

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The courtesy call concluded with an exchange of gifts.

Also present during the courtesy call were Dayang Alice Khan binti Ahmad Khan, Legal Draftsman and senior officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 29 Aug 2016 – Recently, the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) held the opening ceremony of its Inter-house Sports for 2016-2017 at the Dewan Jubli Emas, Law and Courts Building, Bandar Seri Begawan.


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Guest of honour at the event was the Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh who also officiated the first game which was table tennis. Also present were senior officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers.

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The AGC Inter-house Sports which has been organised by the AGC Sports Committee since 2009 as part of its ongoing activities is aimed to promote sports and foster healthy lifestyle amongst the personnel of the Attorney General's Chambers. It was also aimed to encourage teamwork and forge closer ties amongst the officers and staff at the Department.

 

Members of the four AGC Sports Houses namely the Wolves, the Red Knights, the Green Gladiators and the Yellow Jackets would be competing in 8 games including Darts, Bowling, Badminton, 8-ball Pool, Futsal, Netball and Track event. Winner of the overall AGC Inter-house Sports will receive the Challenge Trophy which has been sponsored by the Honourable Attorney General.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 5th September 2016 – The Attorney General, The Honourable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a courtesy call from Lord Justice Sir Martin James Moore-Bick, Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and Mr Patrick Maddams, Sub-Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple at Law Building today.

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During the courtesy call, The Honourable Attorney General and Lord Justice Martin James Moore-Bick and also Mr Patrick Maddams exchanged views on various legal issues. The courtesy call concluded with an exchange of gifts.

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Also present during the official visit were His Excellency Mr David Campbell, British High Commissioner, Dr Colin Ong of Dr Colin Ong Legal Service and senior officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 17th August 2016 – The Attorney General, The Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, today received a courtesy call from Yang Amat Arif Datuk Haji Mohd Radzi bin Haji Abdul Latif, Chief Syar'ie Judge, Melaka Syariah Court, Malaysia and his delegation. The Melaka Syariah Court delegation are currently in Brunei Darussalam from 16 until 18 August 2016.

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During the courtesy call, The Honorable Attorney General and Yang Amat Arif Chief Syar'ie Judge of Melaka Syariah Court exchanged views on Syariah legal issues. The courtesy call concluded with an exchange of gifts.

Also present during the courtesy call were the Honourable Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid and senior officers of the Attorney General's Chambers.

 

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 17th August 2016 – The Attorney General, The Honorable Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd Salleh, received a farewell call from His Excellency Todd Mercer, the outgoing High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam, who will be ending his term, at the Law Building today.

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During the farewell call, The Honorable Attorney General and His Excellency exchanged views on various issues of mutual concern and expressed appreciation on the existing cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Australia, specifically in the legal field.

Also present during the courtesy call were the Honourable Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid and senior officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers.


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 31 July 2016 - Attorney General's Chambers held the annual Mesra Ria Aidilfitri celebrations with the theme "Warna Warni di Aidil Fitri" at the  Dewan Jubli Emas, Law and Courts Building, Bandar Seri Begawan today.

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Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Honourable Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers and their family members.

The event started with the opening remarks by the Chairperson of the Mesra Ria Aidilfitri Organising Committee, Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Suhana binti Haji Sudin.

The theme "Warna Warni di Aidil Fitri" was chosen to symbolize the united and colourful spirits of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri which is celebrated by all personnel of the Attorney General's Chambers regardless of the race and religion.

The 'Mesra Ria Aidilfitri ' was held to forge closer ties amongst the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers and their family members and to create a spirit of harmony and teamwork within the Chambers.

The event was organised by the Civil Division of the Attorney General's Chambers. The officers and staff took part in various performances and competition.

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(extract from Brunei Times 15th July 2016's special edition write-up in conjunction with His Majesty's 70th Royal Birthday Celebration)

An entity of constitutional markings, as envisioned by our founding fathers of the Brunei Constitution [a statement of intent on impartiality and a paramount component of sovereign State, legally bound by the very instrument of its establishment] Attorney General is constitutionally obligated to advise on all legal matters connected with the affairs of Brunei Darussalam referred by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan or the Government.  It is therefore incumbent on the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to dispense with sound legal advice which may entail instituting legal action on behalf of the Government (albeit civil and/or criminal); to preserve the status quo, taking into account any international commitments that we may have, and draft laws deem necessary in keeping up with the times, in line with national policies, vision and aspirations alike. 


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In the early 1950s, legal matters of State were dealt by the Sarawak Legal Advisor.  Since 29th September 1959, there have been six appointments to the post of Attorney General, including presently the first lady Attorney General holding such office, YB Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati Binti POKSDSP Haji Mohd. Salleh.  Historically significant in its early notion of conception, more so evident through the resilience of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, in ensuring sovereignty of State and the rights of his subjects are catered for by means of carefully planned and implementation of policies within the legislative framework through which it operates.  It follows suit and rather befitting that the AGC’s vision and mission is to maintain and uphold the rule of law for the country’s stability and prosperity. 

The Attorney General’s Chambers role is understandably challenging and yet vital to the progress and development of the organisation.  We take pride in performing our duties and to a greater extent, contributing towards progress of the nation as a whole.  In performing its core functions, the organisation requires a dynamic administrative backbone to ensure continuity in delivering such services.  Undoubtedly, all these being done whilst constantly upholding the virtues of the national aspiration of Malay Islamic Monarchy, and remaining steadfast and true to virtues that it entails.

Being the principal adviser to the Government of His Majesty, the Attorney General discharge its duties through divisions set up within the Chambers since 1996.  With the exception of Registry of Companies & Business Names and Registry of Intellectual Property which have since been transferred to Ministry of Finance and EIDPMO respectively, each existing division has undergone numerous re-structural changes over the years to align itself accordingly, namely the Legislation and Research Division, Criminal Justice Division, Civil Division and the International Affairs Division.  Perhaps more so apparent in our common endeavour of providing the highest quality legal advice, which is in line with our Strategic Plan 2012-2017.

Onto the present, current affairs dictates economic reforms and so it has begun.  It is His Majesty’s intention to ensure our nation does not lag behind in effecting reforms with the view of economic progression.  Such have been duly emphasised in His Majesty’s Titah and so shall it be effected by relevant stakeholders amongst the Government organisation.  Our Chambers will continue to facilitate such proposed reforms with due diligence and to ensure that the legal framework are effectively in place to carry out the policy implementation deem necessary.  

Economic reforms with a view of promoting pro-business environment, income generating initiatives and sustainability have become a priority and numerous legislation have been passed and will likely continue to be considered from time to time so as to facilitate and accommodate such changes for the betterment of society as a whole.  Amongst the criteria being focused on are the reforms towards Ease of Doing Business in Brunei Darussalam.  The AGC shall continue providing support in assisting ‘Penggerak’ Steering Committee towards achieving national goals.

Perhaps more importantly is the duty to ensure that any reforms for that matter does not impede on the overriding national interest so as to ensure not just stability from the economic perspective, but also to balance out the socio-political aspects of the nation in its entirety.  The AGC will endeavor to sustain the core principles to this very cause and will function as the way as it has been in rendering legal advice to the Government of His Majesty.  This endless journey may seem by many to be an arduous task with no immediate end over the horizon, and rightfully so.  Be that as it may, progress are naturally sought in tandem with relentless effort and determination; nothing less is expected, and yet, much to gain.  Sustainability is key and so shall it be the factor we strive to attain.  With the resilience of His Majesty’s sincere intentions and by Allah SWT’s will, may our nation continue to be blessed with everlasting peace and prosperity.

 

Malay Translation

External Link : The Brunei Times 15/07/2016

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BAHAGIAN IT & E-KERAJAAN
JABATAN PERDANA MENTERI

BILANGAN TAWARAN : (4) JPM/ITEG/2/AGC/2016

Tajuk Tawaran : 'The Supply, Delivery, Installation, Configuration, Testing,
Commissioning and Maintenance of IT Network Infrastructure
for Attorney General's Chambers, Prime Minister's Office'

Tarikh Tutup : 9 Ogos 2016, Selasa, 2.00 Petang

1. Tawaran adalah dipelawa dari syarikat-syarikat teknologi maklumat (IT) yang sah berdaftar dengan Kerajaan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam dan yang mempunyai AAB Status dan ICTAB Kelas 3 dan 4 sahaja.
2. Tawaran hendaklah dihantar dalam sampul surat yang rapi (sealed) dengan menyatakan tajuk tawaran dengan bilangan tawaran dan tarikh tutup sahaja tanpa menunjukkan identiti atau logo syarikat / pembekal.
3. Tawaran hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam Peti Tawaran ke alamat yang tersebut di bawah tidak lewat dari jam 2.00 Petang, Selasa, 9 Ogos 2016.

PENGERUSI
LEMBAGA TAWARAN KECIL
JABATAN PERDANA MENTERI
JALAN MENTERI BESAR
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BB3913
NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM.

4. Dokumen-dokumen terperinci mengenai tawaran ini boleh diperolehi setelah bayaran harga yuran tawaran berjumlah BND30.00 (tidak akan dikembalikan) dibuat di Unit Kewangan, Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Tingkat 1, Jalan Menteri Besar, Bandar Seri Begawan, BB3913, Negara Brunei Darussalam pada waktu-waktu berikut :

Isnin hingga Khamis:
8.30 Pagi hingga 11.30 Pagi
2.00 Petang hingga 3.00 Petang
Sabtu
8.30 Pagi hingga 11.30 Pagi

5. Borang pengakuan dokumen tawaran akan diberikan selepas pembayaran yuran tawaran telah dibuat dan hendaklah diisi dengan lengkap bersama CAP syarikat pada waktu yang sama sebelum diberikan dokumen tawaran.
6. Tawaran hendaklah dihantar dengan menggunakan borang-borang tawaran yang telah disediakan.
7. Tawaran yang lewat diterima pada tarikh dan masa yang dinyatakan di atas tidak akan dilayan.
8. Kerajaan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam tidak terikat untuk menerima tawaran-tawaran yang terendah atau lain-lain tawaran.

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Attorney General’s Chambers, Wednesday, 13 July 2016.

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A little healthy competition can be just the thing to help you ditch your old habits and become a healthier version of yourself. The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) organised a Biggest Loser Competition (BLC) that aims to help AGC officers and staff to lose weight through exercises and proper diet, and was concluded yesterday afternoon at the AGC BLC Prize Giving Ceremony held at the Jubilee Hall of the Law and Courts Building.

A total of 48 participants competed to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their initial weight. The competition ran over five months from the initial weigh-in on 4 January 2016 to the final weigh-in on 4 June 2016.

Present at the event was the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh to present the prize to the winner of the competition, Dyg Mariani Binti Sallehuddin who lost 17.52% from her initial body weight. Bootcamp workout by Helmi Abdullah Fitness and Zumba workout by JHK Fitness was also held during the finale.

Throughout the competition, the participants took part in various exercise activities such as bootcamp, hiking, spinning and zumba. In order to encourage a healthy lifestyle, representatives from the Health Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Health were also invited to give a talk to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases and healthy eating. Real progress was achieved in the AGC Biggest Loser Competition, where the participants lost a combined weight of 91.7 kg.

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­­­­­­­­BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Tuesday, 12th July 2016 – Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering was held at the Laws and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha today.

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The Hari Raya gathering was hosted by Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Honourable Attorney General.

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The objective of the gathering is to celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1437 together with the officers and staffs of the Attorney General's Chambers in fostering goodwill and strengthening ties between the officers and staff at the Attorney General's Chambers in conjunction with the month of Syawal.

Present was the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid as well as senior officers, officers and staff of Attorney General's Chambers.

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AGC Establishes Cybercrime Focus Group to Forge Closer Cooperation to Combat Cybercrime

The Attorney General's Chambers has established a Cybercrime Focus Group consisting of prosecutors under the Criminal Justice Division who have all undergone training locally and abroad on cybercrime and cybersecurity related matters with the aim of forging closer cooperation with other authorities in Brunei Darussalam to ensure that Brunei Darussalam is protected from the threats emanating from cybercrime. This includes key areas such as legal framework, investigative procedure as well as preventative measures.

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This was the message put forward by Deputy Public Prosecutor Karen Tan in her opening remarks at a briefing conducted to officers of the Royal Brunei Police Force at the AGC's Cybercrime Focus Group's first introductory briefing, held at the New Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters . DPP Karen elaborated that the Attorney General's Chambers' Cybercrime Focus Group which was established on 3rd August 2015 functions not only to work in consultation with the relevant agencies in ensuring Brunei Darussalam has the appropriate laws in place to tackle the various forms of cybercrime but also to be the focal point for all legal enquiries from Law Enforcement Agencies concerning investigations into cybercrime related matters. This is in line with the Attorney General's Chambers "Open Door" Policy to investigators with regards advice on specialized crimes.



Cybercrime Focus Group 2.jpgThe briefing was followed by the Keynote presentation by Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharon Yeo who spoke about the handling of digital evidence in cybercrime cases. In her presentation, DPP Sharon shared the best practices in evidence collection learnt from her participation in the Cybercrime Training Programme conducted by the Singapore Police Force, United States of America Department of Justice and INTERPOL under the Singapore-United States Third Country Training Programme, as well as emphasised the importance of using formal and informal channels of communication to obtain evidence through international cooperation. The briefing that was also attended by officers from the Attorney General's Chambers concluded with a question and answer session with the panel.

The briefing marks the initiation of the AGC Cybercrime Focus Group's efforts in enhancing stronger domestic cooperation with other partner stakeholders in addressing cybercrime related issues in Brunei Darussalam.

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The Attorney General's Chambers has successfully organized an Advocacy Training Course, aimed at increasing advocacy skills and standards amongst its officers who conduct litigation as their core work. The course took place at the Law and Courts Building from 27-29 May 2016.

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This year's course builds upon the foundations set from last year's successful Advocacy Teachers Trainers Course held from 21-23 August 2015, where nine trainers from the Attorney General's Chambers received training to be certified to teach advocacy. The Course is jointly organized by the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Chambers with the assistance of the International Advocacy Training Council (IATC), based in Hong Kong. This year's course sees five local trainers, Dyg Aldila Binti Hj Mohd Salleh, Dyg Norhayati Binti Dato Paduka Haji Omar, Pg Suzana Binti Pg Hj Abas, Awang Shamshuddin Bin Hj Kamaluddin and Dyg Karen Tan Chai Mei collaborate with Ms. Anesta Weekes Q.C, Vice Chair of the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales, Recorder and Queens Counsel at 33 Bedford Row, London, United Kingdom and Mr Fahri Azzat of Fahri & Co and Committee Member of the Malaysian Bar Council Advocacy Committee to deliver the course which focused on case preparation, case analysis, skills in questioning witnesses and accused persons and submissions advocacy.

26 officers from the Criminal Justice Division and the Civil Division of the Chambers participated in the course which saw participants being taught using the "Hampel Method", an internationally renowned advocacy teaching technique. Mock trials were also conducted which involved trainers providing constructive critique to the participant advocates on their performance in the practical aspects of the trial process. Technology is also incorporated into the review process through the use of video recordings of the advocates' performances which allow trainers to better identify areas of improvement that can be made in the advocate's court technique. This year's course also included additional components on submission advocacy in light of the recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code, Chapter 7 which now allow Prosecutors in the jurisdiction to deliver submissions with regards to sentencing.

The holding of this workshop signifies the Attorney General's Chambers commitment to provide adequate training to develop expertise amongst its officers and is the product of successful networking by officers of the Attorney General's Chambers with foreign counterparts and contacts established during various international conferences and training workshops. The Course also realizes the Attorney General's Chambers Strategic Vision, which emphasizes on Human Capacity Building, aimed to better enable the delivery of legal services at the highest quality to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and to His Majesty's Government.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 14 Mei 2016 – In conjunction with the Israk Mikraj Celebration, the Attorney General's Chambers held a ceremony this afternoon at the Law and Court Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha to commemorate this special event.

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The event was graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah binti Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.            

Also present was the Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd. Salleh, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mohammed Al Mokhtar bin Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister Office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers.

The ceremony was followed by a special talk titled 'Sembahyang Kunci Syurga' delivered by the invited speaker from Islamic Propagation Centre, Ustaz Isham bin Ismail. At the function also include the presentation of souvenirs in appreciation of excellent service to officer and staff that have retired and transferred from the Attorney General Chambers.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 8th  May 2016 – The Attorney General's Chambers today organised a  Family Day event with the theme ""Oh Kanak-Kanak: Remembering our childhood days in a Bruneian way". 

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The event was graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakillah Hayatul Bolkiah binti Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah.

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Also present at the event were the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Solicitor General, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Hj Juanda bin Hj Abdul Rashid as well as the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers and their family members.

Among the objectives of the Attorney - General's Chambers Family Fun Day is to encourage to spend some quality time with officers and their families and also strengthen the ties between and among the officers and staff of the Attorney General's Chambers through leisurely activities and welfare .

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In keeping with the theme of the AGC Family Fun, "Oh Kanak-Kanak: Remembering our childhood days in a Bruneian way, a variety of activities were held at the AGC Family fun day ranging from exercise activities, memorable childhood games such as "belon" "getah","tinting" and "skupong".

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​On Saturday, 19 March 2016

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The Attorney General's Chambers has successfully organized and concluded an Experts Witness Course for analysts of the Department of Scientific Services (DSS) of the Ministry of Health yesterday. The workshop was held in the Law and Courts Building, Bandar Seri Begawan.

In her opening remarks, the Head of the Criminal Justice Division, Deputy Public Prosecutor Aldila Haji Mohd Salleh underscored the importance of expert witnesses like the DSS analysts in the Criminal Justice System and the significant role they play in providing credible expert evidence in modern day trials in order to achieve justice. 'Expert witness' participants being qualified professionals academically as well as by training and experience, were reminded of the qualities they must possess – honesty, integrity, the ability to provide thorough technical reasoning and a soundly-based opinion. They are to be independent, objective and unbiased in their opinion because the primary duty of an expert is to the Court and not to the parties engaging them.

A total number of 11 analysts attended the course which was delivered by Deputy Public Prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division who have had experience in prosecuting trials where expert evidence was involved and have also attended overseas training concerning the handling of expert witnesses. Amongst the topics covered in the delivery of the one day course included court room etiquette to be observed by expert witnesses as well as an analysis of High Court judgements in the past that have dealt with expert evidential issues. Participants also had the opportunity to take part in a number of practical exercises testing out their skills in the delivery of witness testimony in a mock court setting.

The course was organized with the aim of enhancing closer cooperation amongst stakeholders in the criminal justice process, in this case, between the Prosecutors of the Attorney General's Chambers and Analysts of the Department of Scientific Services of the Ministry of Health who regularly provide expert evidence with regards to drug and handwriting analysis amongst others.

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On 14th to 16th March 2016

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The workshop on Criminal Asset Recovery for Investigating Officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, organized by the Attorney General's Chambers has concluded today. The 2 day workshop was attended by 23 Officers from the Anti Corruption Bureau and facilitated and taught by Norhayati Binti Dato Paduka Haji Omar and Christopher Ng, both Deputy Senior Counsels and Deputy Public Prosecutors at the Criminal Justice Division of the Chambers.

During the workshop, which was held at the Anti Corruption Bureau Headquarters at Jalan Airport Lama, the participants had the opportunity to hear a number of lectures on pertinent topics such as Powers of Investigation under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order, Elements of a Money Laundering Offence, Asset Preservation and Management as well as how to utilize International Cooperation with the assistance of the Mutual Legal Assistance Secretariat of the Attorney General's Chambers. Following the lectures, participants were able to put the skills learnt to the test through a series of intensive case studies, which involved various facets of financial investigations. Participants were informed that AGC operates an "open door" policy on matters such as international cooperation, money laundering and asset recovery and that the officers from the bureau should consult with the prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division if they have any queries concerning such issues in order to facilitate their work.

The delivery of the workshop on Criminal Asset Recovery follows on from the successful workshop held last year for officers of the Commercial Crimes Investigation Division of the Royal Brunei Police Force and forms a component of the Attorney General's Chambers initiative to continuously educate law enforcement agencies on legal provisions to enhance their investigations. The holding of the workshop is also in fulfillment of the Attorney General's Chambers responsibilities under Brunei Darussalam's National Anti Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Strategy.

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