OAG office mulls prosecution training, criminology research centers

Published On: July 5, 2016 01:50 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 5: The Office of Attorney General has unveiled its second five-year strategic plan on Monday with goals of making effective and evidence-based prosecution of government cases and institutional strengthening of attorneys under the office.

The five-year plan has set strategies of protecting basic rights of suspects, prosecuting on the basis of proofs, effective presentation of evidences and witnesses on the government cases, developing specialization and managing workloads of the attorneys, building a Prosecution Training Center and a Criminology Research Center for achieving the goals.

Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki unveiled the plan amidst a program on Monday and vowed that the judiciary will support and coordinate with the Office of Attorney General to execute the plan to improve and enhance criminal justice system.

Speaking at the unveiling program, former Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha said that the judiciary, office of attorney general and Nepal Police, the investigating agency, should establish better coordination for effective justice delivery.

"Without developing an effective system of rule of law, we cannot strengthen democracy and AG Office has immense role for establishing rule of law," said Shrestha.

On the occasion, secretary at the Ministry of Law and Justice, Tek Prasad Dhungana said that the government would provide necessary resources to the AG office to execute the strategic plan.

The AG Office has said that it needs Rs 3.81 billion in the next five years to execute the strategic plan.

Attorney General Hari Phuyal said that the second strategic plan will help establish a culture of working according to a plan at his office.

Phuyal hoped that the strategic plan would enhance professionalism among attorneys, develop infrastructures, human resource and software and spur actions toward establishing the rule of law.   

The Office of Attorney General had introduced the first strategic plan in 2011. According to Deputy Attorney General Durga Bandhu Pokhrel, the execution rate of the first strategic plan is only 40 percent.

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