Trinidad and Tobago: Legal Aid Attorneys and Prosecutors Trained on Trial Advocacy

From January 26 to January 28, 2017, NCSC and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy conducted an advanced trial advocacy workshop for the Trinidad and Tobago Legal Aid Advisory Authority, a unit of the Ministry of Legal Affairs that provides affordable legal assistance to indigent citizens in criminal and civil cases, including family and property matters.  

Thirty-two attorneys participated in the program, which focused on improving the participants’ direct examination, cross examination, opening statement and closing argument techniques. Skills development training included strategic tools for persuasion, physical presentation, controlling difficult witnesses, introducing forensic evidence, and rhetorical devices.

From February 8 to February 10, 2017, a similar trial advocacy workshop was conducted for the Trinidad & Tobago Police Prosecutors.  The workshop was conducted by NCSC’s Pro Bono Partner, DLA Piper and took place at the Trinidad & Tobago Police Academy.  

Both workshops were hosted as part of NCSC’s ongoing work under the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Program (CBSI), funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. For more information on the CBSI program, please visit: www.ncsc-cbsi.org.