MUSAWA Concludes Training in Cooperation with Military Justice Commission:
“Military Court Proceedings through Mock Trials”
In cooperation with the Military Justice Commission, MUSAWA – The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession conducted a training course titled “Military Court Proceedings through Mock Trials”. Twenty-one law students (including thirteen women) from Birzeit University, Al-Quds University, and the Modern University College, as well as three trainee lawyers and recently licensed lawyers, took part in the three-day training, held in March 2018.
The first day of the training was delivered by Assistant Military Attorney General Issa Amro, and was allocated for explaining what a military court is from a theoretical point of view, in addition to addressing military court types and jurisdiction, the link between military courts and regular courts, the proceedings before military courts in terms of law and judicial administration, and the appeal of military court judgments. The participants attended hearings in the military court at the end of day one of the training.
The second day, the participants were provided with copies of a closed case, and Chief Military Prosecutors Samer Naser and Numan Fanoun trained the participants on trial proceedings and supervised their performance as they divided roles amongst each other.
The training was concluded on the third day, where a mock trial in the said case was conducted.
At the end of the training course, the participants stressed the need for trainings of this kind, and they recommended continuously involving law students in such activities, particularly moot courts, as an attempt to familiarize the students with the court and its proceedings.