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CJ in US for cyber crime trial tour

Monday, August 7 2017

JUSTICE of Appeal Alice Yorke-Soo Hon will act as Chief Justice for this week in the absence of Chief Justice Ivor Archie who travelled out of the country on Saturday to particpate in a Digital Evidence and Cyber Forensics Study Tour.

Yorke-Soo Hon will act as Chief Justice from today to August 14 after which Justice of Appeal Allan Mendonca will take over the acting reigns from August 15 to August 19.

Archie, a statement from the Judiciary said, was invited to the tour by the Embassy of the United States in Port of Spain. The tour will take Archie and other participants to Washington, DC, and Williamsburg, Virginia, and is hosted by the National Centre for State Courts.

The tour ends on August 12.

According to the Judiciary, the CJ’s participation in the study tour was in keeping with the Judiciary’s continued committment to advancing reforms in the criminal justice arena as it pertains to technological innovation. The statement also said the tour was part of a continued partnership on security affairs between the US and T&T.

“It also focuses on engendering and displaying further support to build the investigative and procedural capacity of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago as it manages developing patterns in cybercrime, money-laundering an related crimes,” the statement said.

A professional overview of the different forensic processes and the applications of digital evidence used in complex investigations and the unique legal and investigative issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies will be explored.

The Chief Justice is expected to benefit from advance specialised training and networks through meetings with judges who possess vast experience in the focused areas of digital evidence, comp; uter and intellectual property crimes, cyber crime trials and social media intelligence.

“The Digital Evidence and Cyber Forensics Study Tour incorporates visits to the US Justice Department’s omputer Crime and Intellectual Property Section which is responsible for implementing US national strategies in combatting computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide; the William and Mary law School/Centre for Legal and Court Technology which is dedicated to advancing the efficent use of technology in the administration of justice and the advancement of appropriate technology in courtrooms, as well as an opportunity to observe cybercrime trials involved computer- based wire fraud, money laundering and online scams.



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