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Training workshops to build the capacity of juvenile justice institutions

Legal Rights Forum organized training workshops to build the capacity of Judicial Officers, Police, Prosecutors, Child Protection Officers, Social welfare Officers and juvenile justice institutions to deal with juveniles as per the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO) 2000.

Training workshops were held to build the capacity of juvenile justice institutions to deal with juveniles as per JJSO, 2000

The Legal Rights Forum (LRF) organized two training workshops in Karachi to build the capacity of police and juvenile justice institutions to deal with juveniles as per the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO) 2000. Earlier, the LRF developed SOPs for Juvenile Justice Stakeholders under its GIZ-CIS II supported project on Supporting Mechanism for Vulnerable Groups in Criminal Justice System”.

The first training workshop was held on April 13, 2018 at Sindh Judicial Academy, Karachi. LRF invited the nominated officers of the Police Department from Operation and Investigation units, Probation Department (Probation Officers) and Social Welfare Department (Social Welfare Officers and Child Protection Officers) for this event. During the workshop, LRF organized interactive sessions and engaged the participants through presentations and open discussions.

Hon’ble Director General, Sindh Judicial Academy welcomed the participants and appreciated the efforts of LRF team involved in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Police and Juvenile Institutions to Enhance their Capacity. He encouraged the participants to actively participate in sessions and understand SOPs of their part that are mandatory for them as per the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO), 2000.

Mr. Malik Tahir Iqbal, Executive Director, Legal Rights Forum (LRF) shared a brief introduction of the project and objectives of the Training Workshop. He also thanked participants for sparing their precious time for the workshop.

Mr. Mohammad Shahid Shafiq, District & Sessions Judge / ‎Sr. Faculty Member, Sindh Judicial Academy moderated the discussion while Mr. Tahir Hasnain Shah, Director Programs, LRF presented the SOPs through a power-point multimedia presentation.

The Training Experts also facilitated a Group Work. The groups discussed and recorded their ongoing practices to deal with juveniles and compared it with the SOPs mandated by the JJSO. Later, the focal persons of the three groups made their group presentations. On each group presentation, the two training experts elaborated about what they (Police, Probation, Social Welfare and Child Protection Officers) have not been doing as per JJSO and they suggested a number of ways to improve mutual coordination and follow the steps mentioned in SOPs for better welfare of the children who are in conflict with law.

Mr. Tahir Hasnain Shah, Director-Policy & Programs gave a PowerPoint Presentation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relation of SDGs No. 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) with the SOPs and other project activities of LRF. During discussion, it was learnt that the participants were not aware of the SDGs and its role in country’s development. In this backdrop, Mr. Tahir Hasnain Shah shared with the participants the history of Millennium Development Goals and the SDGs and he highlighted the importance of meeting targets of the 17 Goals of SDGs.

In the Concluding Remarks, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Senior Technical Advisor–GIZ, appreciated the workshop participants on their active participation. He gave a detailed introduction of GIZ and its functions and operations in Pakistan.

Mr. Malik Tahir Iqbal thanked participants for sparing their precious time for the Training Workshop and for their lively participation.

In the second training workshop, LRF invited the nominated officers of the Prosecution Department (Prosecutors) and Sindh High Court (Judicial Officers). At the outset, Mr. Malik Tahir Iqbal, Executive Director, Legal Rights Forum (LRF) welcomed the participants and shared the process involved in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Police and Juvenile Justice Institutions.

Mr. Shuakat Ali, Senior Technical Advisor, GIZ-CIS II, also appreciated officers from Judiciary and the Prosecution Department for their participation. He shared a brief introduction of the GIZ project on “Support for Capacity Development in the Criminal Investigative Services in Pakistan (CIS II)” and the outline of the component of project covered by LRF. He highlighted the importance of coordination among Juvenile Justice Institutions besides implementation of SOPs at all stages of the juvenile justice. He thanked participants for sparing their precious time for the workshop.

In his opening remarks, Hon’ble Justice Ali Aslam Jafferi, Senior Faculty Member, Sindh Judicial Academy shared history of the Criminal Justice System and the legislation for crimes committed by children. He said that the Sindh Child Protection Act, 1955 as well as the JJSO emphasis on the fact that the juveniles have to be treated differently and the juvenile court should be separate and child friendly. He appreciated the participants and stressed the need for proper implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Police and other institutions dealing with juveniles (children in conflict with law).

Ms. Viqar-un-Nisa, Tech. Advisor Trainings GIZ-CIS II, made a presentation on Sustainable Development Goals and the international commitments made by the UN Member countries including Pakistan. She related GIZ initiatives in Pakistan with SDG Goals and said that the project that LRF has implemented specifically relates with SDG Goal No. 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

Mr. Tahir Hasnain Shah, Director Programs, LRF presented SOPs developed for all Juvenile Justice Stakeholders. Mr. Mohammad Shahid Shafiq, District & Sessions Judge / ‎Sr. Faculty Member, Sindh Judicial Academy moderated the discussion. The training sessions were kept interactive and the two Training Experts linked the SOPs with real life stories and in most cases, the participants were asked to share their experiences with regards to a specific SOP. In the beginning, the participants brainstormed on a question that what lead the children to commit crime including the role of financial/economical conditions of families of the juveniles.

Group Work was facilitated in which group participants discussed and recorded their ongoing practices to deal with juveniles and compared it with the SOPs mandated by the JJSO. Later, the focal persons of the two groups made their group presentations. On each group presentation, the participants brainstormed on a number of ways to improve mutual coordination and follow the steps mentioned in SOPs for better welfare of the children who are in conflict with law.

In the Concluding Remarks, Mr. Shahid Shafiq, Sr. Faculty Member, Sindh Judicial Academy appreciated the workshop participants on their active participation. He said that we discussed the SOPs for Prosecutors and the Judicial Officers based on sighting practical examples of life history and he hoped that this information will go along with participants and will influence their official working in a positive way.

Mr. Malik Tahir Iqbal thanked participants for sparing their precious time for the Training Workshop and for their lively participation.

 

For More Detail here is complete Report of these training:

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