The Public Prosecution Concludes a Training on Forensic Medicine

Date:- 4/4/2016

Place:- Ramallah

In cooperation with UNODC, the public prosecution concluded a training today 4/4/2016 on forensic medicine reports as technical evidence in gender based violence cases. The training was opened by the Jordanian Cassation Court Deputy Dr. Mohammad Al-Tarawneh and the Family Protection Chief Prosecutor Darin Salheyeh in presence of the specialized prosecutors of the family protection and juveniles prosecution offices and with the participation of the director of the forensic lab at the Palestinian police Colonel Najeh Samarah and a number of directors of specialized departments at the forensic lab.

The two-day training aimed at introducing the specialized prosecutors of the Family Protection And Juveniles Prosecution offices to forensic medicine reports in the judiciary and to gander based and domestic violence cases. It also aimed at discussing the challenges and obstacles facing the joint work between the public prosecution and forensic medicine, promote the institutional capacity of forensic medicine and the public prosecution, as well as training of trainers and providing logistic support to forensic medicine.

In the first day, the training introduced the relation between forensic medicine and the law and the relation between medical examiners and justice services. The training stressed on the necessity of developing performance and focusing on the technical aspect through exchanging expertise and specialization towards providing the best services in light of the challenges facing the public prosecution, such as the lack of legislations, the weakness of technical reports, and how to deal with people with special needs.

In the second day, the training addressed the relation between the medical examiner and justice services – in practice, forensic medicine and the judiciary's discretion, case study relating to gender based biolence, and a presentation from the cassation court on how to evaluate the relinquishment of personal right.

Key recommendations from the attendees:

1.    The necessity of drafting a law that regulates the work of forensic medicine and establishing and independent body to manage it. Moreover, give the people working in forensic medicine the status of judicial police in order to provide them with protection in the line of their work.

2.    The necessity of preparing a checklist for the key elements that need to be included in the forensic medicine report.

3.    Provide an advance training program for medical examiners on the technical aspect of work and on the relation between the medical examiner and the public prosecution, and another joint advanced training between both sides.

4.    Unify the procedures of medical examiners, centralize the adoption of reports, and create a monitoring mechanism to ensure quality control.

5.    Present the draft forensic medicine law to the public prosecution to comment on it.

6.    Create specialization in forensic medicine.