Case assessment training for Nigeria’s Complex Casework Group

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Between 26 October 2021 and 3 November 2021, the Wayamo Foundation held a series of training sessions for prosecutors from Nigeria’s Complex Casework Group (CCG) focusing on using new digital case assessment tools to identify cases that touch on potential international crimes. 

The series of small-group sessions were held online and in person, and featured instruction from Kris Kotarski, Digital Programmes Manager, Wayamo Foundation and Matthew Odu Una, senior CCG Prosecutor and digital projects lead who together delivered tailor-made instruction to small teams prosecutors nominated by the CCG. 

Over the span of a week, 18 CCG members received hands-on training on using the custom-built digital assessment tools, which included a mix of live demonstrations and group exercises.

The CCG is a specialised unit coming under the Directorate of Public Prosecutions at the Ministry of Justice. Together, the Wayamo Foundation and the CCG are creating an electronic case-file database to serve as a repository for terrorism files and their corresponding judgements. This database will also serve to build more complex cases which may address international crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Wayamo’s bespoke training sessions for Nigeria’s CCG will continue in December 2021.