First judicial training in years commences in Mogadishu


Mogadishu’s first legal training program in years was launched in April as part of a UNDP-backed effort to bolster Somalia’s judicial system.

The training is aimed at judges, prosecutors and judicial support staff, and was officially opened at a colorful ceremony in the Somali capital by the Chief Justice Mr. Aided Abdullahi (Ilka-hanaf) on Saturday 23 April, 2011.

In his speech, Mr Abdullahi urged trainees to use the six-month program to enhance their legal knowledge, which he said could help improve judicial standards in the country.

Chief Justice, Mr. Aided Abdullahi delivers his speech during the opening ceremony for Judiciary training for Judges, Prosecutors and judicial support staff in Mogadishu

“This training is the base for promotions and evaluations. The trainees should exploit this opportunity to improve their judicial knowledge and practice”, he said.

The course will run for the next six months. The training will cover introduction to law and the Somali legal system; introduction to Sharia and Islamic law; basic computer skills; the basics of criminal procedures and civil procedures; civil, civil procedure and evidence law and court administration and case management. Other topics that will be taught include human rights and gender; judicial forms and procedures; juvenile justice law; legal ethics; legal skills and values; penal and criminal procedure law; trail practice and procedure and legal ethics.

Dr. Mohamed Hussein Isse from Mogadishu University outlined the objectives of the training, the expected outcomes, the schedule and timetable, attendance requirements and tests. He then introduced the project staff.

The ceremony was also attended by the head of the appeal court Mr. Hassan Mohamed Ali, the former acting chief Justice Dr. Mohamed Mohamud Mohamed and the head of Banadir Region court. Others in attendance included officials from the Mogadishu University delegates and other judiciary staff attended the opening ceremony held at the High Court.

This is the first judicial training to be held in Mogadishu for many years.