By Chioma Ndife
The Anambra State Ministry of Justice has organized a two day Capacity Building Workshop for State Counsels in the Ministry.
The workshop which was organized to assist Anambra State counsels to master the art of brief writing, cross-examination, among others, required in the legal profession, came barely two months after the conference which was held for the law officers to beef up justice delivery in the state.
The workshop which was held at the Head of Service Hall, Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, from Wednesday, 18th to Thursday, 19th, September, 2019, was facilitated by the Attorney General of the State through the Write House Africa, Lagos, known widely as masters of brief-writing.
Speaking at the workshop, the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Dr. Uju Nwogu, explained the importance of brief writing and noted that the workshop was geared at training State Counsels on brief writing, saying that the skill when acquired, helped in winning cases. She described brief writing as the way and manner with which legal practitioners presented their arguments in written form and noted that the knowledge of such would help practitioners to excel in the legal profession.
Dr. Nwogu disclosed that the training which the law officers had been exposed to, both within and outside the state, under her watch as the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, had impacted greatly on the output of the law officers, noting that the training was part of Governor Willie Obiano’s efforts in creating a conducive environment in the state, noting that security and Justice went hand in hand.
In his remarks, the Head of Service in Anambra State, Barr. Harry Uduh, commended Barr. Nwogu for coming up with the workshop among others that had been organized for law officers. He described the workshop as timely and important in advancing the image which the state had created over time.
Barr. Uduh emphasized the importance of capacity building and explained that training and re-training helped to improve the output of civil servants in the state, noting that it was in line with the state’s vision and mission of having best hands in all fields.
For her part, the Director of Trainings, Barr. (Mrs.) Nwado Obiano, commended the efforts of Governor Obiano and Commissioner for Justice in uplifting the standards of lawyers in the state, noting that the trainings was aimed at making law officers better in the practice of law.
Delivering a lecture on the most effective methods of writing briefs, the Dean of Write House, Lagos, Hon. Chinua Azuzi, described brief as the most important document lawyers wrote and beckoned on them to always go straight to the point to make the work less cumbersome for the judge who had to read every page of the brief.
He encouraged lawyers to always research and study cases properly before proceeding into any case as such would make them become experts in that particular field of study.
Speaking to Fides, one of the participants and Senior State Counsels in the Ministry of Justice, Achukwu Nnoye Sochima, appreciated the Governor Willie Obiano’s and Dr. Nwogu’s effort to ensure that lawyers in Anambra State were always well equipped.