The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) second recruitment group for 2019 have gone through a moot court conducted by the Police Prosecution department at Rove Police Headquarters on 16 April 2020 as part of their training on what happens in the Courts.
The moot court was conducted following a completion of docket management, interviewing and “Give evidence in Court” module. The theory part of the module was presented by the Academy staff and officers from the Police Prosecution office. The Court setting was stimulated on how the judge, defense counsel and prosecution have their seats in a court room.
The Director of RSIPF’s learning and Development Department Superintendent Mary Bennett says, “The moot court was conducted as part of the Module to enable the recruits to physically witness how the court trials are carried out in court. Not only that but it allows them to discover the importance of statement taking and other relevant documents that are required in an investigation into any crime committed and reported to police.”
Superintendent Bennett adds: “During the practical moot court, officers from the Police Prosecution acted the role of the Magistrate, the Defence Counsel, the Prosecution and two recruits represented the defendant and the victim in court.”
“The recruits also learnt during the moot court about how cases maybe acquitted or a person guilty in a court room and how the court will sentence the guilty defendant and any other decision the court may decide on a criminal matter,” says Superintendent Bennett