By Mandisi Hlatshwayo
Justice College recently hosted representatives from the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) for an Oral Advocacy Training Session with the aim of forming solid partnership and sharing of information for mutual benefit.
CWAG is a United States based organisation operating as a forum for attorney generals to share best practices with the aim to improve legal services available to members, consumers and government agencies.
The five-day training session, which took place at the Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria from 5 - 9 December, was conceptualised during the CWAG delegation visit in June this year meeting with Minister Michael Masutha and other key stakeholders in the legal sector.
Justice College Head, Dr Linda Meyer expressed her gratitude for the CWAG delegation’s meeting with the Department. “This should serve as a great learning opportunity and should be mutually beneficial to all of us. I encourage everyone to use this opportunity to learn as much as they can so that we are able to provide the best service to the public,” she said.
Historically, CWAG’s international work has been conducted in Mexico and Canada, but now seeks to build mutually beneficial relationships with countries throughout Africa.
Ms Kim Robinson, a CWAG representative confirmed that this was the first time that her organisation has trained on the African Continent. “We look forward to a fruitful relationship with this beautiful country and its people. This engagement is essential for us learn from one another to better ourselves and our legal systems,” she said.