In August, LAW Sri Lanka hosted it’s third three day training retreat in Bentota, Sri Lanka, for 22 lawyers from the Attorney Generals Department Child Protection Unit.
The training retreat brought together Chief Prosecutor of New South Wales Lloyd Babb SC, HH Judge Connell of UK Crown Courts, UK barrister Serena Gates, former Supreme Court Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, Deputy Solicitor General Thusitha Mudalige, Senior Deputy Solicitor General and Head of the Child Protection Unit Chethiya Goonasekera, Judicial Medical Officer Dr Sriyantha Amararatne, and leading clinical psychologist Professor Piyanjali de Zoysa.
Participants were introduced to prosecution policies and procedures for victims of sexual abuse from an Australian perspective and judicial perspectives on the treatment of child victim/witness testimony in UK courts. The training also covered common mistakes in drafting indictments, tips on stress management and vicarious trauma, evidence and credibility assessments in the UK, an overview of a judicial medical officer’s process: medical impact and evidence, an overview of international human rights of the child and of child victim testimony in Sri Lankan courts.
Feedback from participants included:
“The training was very useful and we gathered a lot of knowledge. Thank you very much!”
“The training was excellent. A big thank you to the team for providing such a helpful and interesting event. “
“This was a really great experience. Thank you very much for everything to the crew.”