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Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments

first_img Section Chair Harvey Sepler presents the handbook to Chief Justice Wells. Chair Harvey Sepler told the Bar Board of Governors last month that the section has been working on the handbook since last year and will also hold CLE courses for affected attorneys. Aside from public defenders and prosecutors, Sepler said the handbook will be distributed to attorney general offices, and all trial and district court of appeal judges. Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments The Criminal Law Section will soon begin distributing a handbook to every prosecutor and public defender in the state on how to avoid mistakes in closing arguments that lead to reversals by appellate courts. The section is also working with the Bar’s Center for Professionalism to offer seminars for every felony prosecutor and public defender in the state. The section got involved in the project, he said, after appellate judges complained about the number of cases that had to be overturned because of errors in closing arguments.He praised West Palm Beach attorney and former section chair Douglas Duncan for spearheading the closing argument project.The second area of recent activity for the section was helping the legislature on bills affecting the criminal justice system. Sepler said the section rarely takes a position, but instead seeks to use its unique position of representing prosecutors, defenders, judges, and law professors to provide technical assistance.“We figure that our section is in the best position to be able to educate legislators on what this proposal means to individual judges and attorneys around the state,” he said. “We try to present a fair picture that if this bill is enacted, what it means to our members and the public.”To speed its response time, the section this year set up small panels representing all segments of the section to review various bills, Sepler said. And the section’s reluctance to take positions on most bills enhances its credibility when it does decide to act, he added.The third major area of section activity is working to continue strengthening its annual prosecutor/public defender training program.Sepler said the section is continuing to work to fund an endowment to guarantee the program’s fiscal soundness in perpetuity.The highly praised program, which began in 1979, takes new public defenders and prosecutors and puts them through an intensive week-long trial training program.“We go through every critical aspect of the trials,” Sepler said. “We even bring barristers over from England so they can contribute information on how that system handles cases.”The program, which is named for the late University of Florida law professor and long-time section member Gerald Bennett, pays all expenses for participating attorneys, he added. June 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Ja’neh’s Impeachment Trial Hampers Normal Court Functions

first_imgSince the start of the impeachment trial of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by the Senate, normal court functions have slowed down but could change quickly if the stalemate lasts beyond weeks.As a consequence, most of the judges have not been seen in their respective courtrooms, while some have chosen to conduct court activities with lawyers in their offices as conferences last for hours.It was not clear whether the judges’ action was in protest of Associate Justice Ja’neh, though Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor had declined to recuse himself from presiding over the matter as contested by Ja’neh’s legal team.Judge Bioma Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice has been one of the judges to open his courtroom to handle cases, albeit at a slow pace.Kontoe was the judge appointed by President George Weah to serve as Ad Hoc Justice when Justice Ja’neh had to recuse himself to allow the Supreme court to decide on a writ of prohibition filed by lawyers representing Ja’neh. The writ of prohibition by Ja’neh was against impeachment proceedings brought on by the House of Representatives. In that decision, Kontoe sided with Justice Joseph Nagbe and Chief Justice Korkpor, to deny Ja’neh’s legal team’s request to prevent members of the Lower House from preparing the Bill of Impeachment against their client.“This is creating difficulties for judges to perform their functions necessary to support their disposition of litigation efforts,” a lawyer observed.“Criminal cases in particular are likely to continue as prosecutors have the latitude of working on cases that are connected to public safety. But civil litigation could see a significant slowdown, something that has already started,” another lawyer told the Daily Observer.A judicial actor believes that the impeachment trial is a serious challenge to the courts and criminal justice system “and those whose livelihoods depend on them, slowing some cases while throwing others into disarray.”At the premises of the Temple of Justice on Wednesday, February 20, it was gathered that several courtrooms have remained empty for days, which have left staffers there to revert to playing computer games, while others were seen sleeping in offices.Some were seen in smaller groups discussing the impact of the trial on their work at the judiciary.Despite the slow process, few judges, like those presiding over criminal cases, are conducting court sessions. However, it is far from “business as usual,” one legal practitioner, on condition of anonymity, remarked.The source claimed that he has been waiting for his day in court since 2010, and it was scheduled for Monday, February 18. But he has no knowledge when it would be rescheduled, because the Ja’neh case has continued to slow down the process of court proceedings.Another party litigant, a female, was seen yesterday expressing frustration at the interruption and delay in handling her property case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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