U.S. hosts training for magistrates

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek hosted training for local magistrates from all the fourteen regions of the country last week entitled ‘Judicial Professionalism and Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement.’

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton and visiting U.S. Judges recognised participating Namibian magistrates in a brief closing and certificate ceremony at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek. Training has been designed to give technical assistance to strengthen Namibia’s justice sector infrastructure, assist with case management skills development, and emphasize a team approached to fighting crime. The training has been sponsored by the U.S. government as part of a collaboration between Namibia’s judiciary, the U.S. Office of the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section (CCIPS). U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton (right) presents a certificate to a Namibian Magistrate Officer at the closing ceremony while visiting U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands; U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick White of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida; Clerk of Court Sheryl Loesch of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; and U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Crawford  look on.