An intensive eight month training of Judges and court workers in English has commenced

Supreme Court judges and other workers in the judiciary are presently undergoing intensive training in the English language.

Conducted by US Peace Corps in cooperation with the Rwandan Government, USAID and the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, the training aims to fully integrate the country’s justice system into the Commonwealth system.

In an interview with The New Times, Ellie Frazier, one of the programme’s administrators, said the programme serves as an aid to develop the confidence of judges and court staff in English communication skills as far as Anglophone hybrid common-civil law system is concerned.

“Our goal is not only to promote solid grasp of English grammar and vocabulary, but to also promote a certain level of confidence during analytical discussion of relevant issues within the legal context of Rwanda, the EAC (East African Community), and the International community using English as the vehicle for that discussion,” noted Frazier.

The course will take a total of eight months in four locations throughout Rwanda: Kigali, Musanze, Karongi, and Nyanza districts.

Over 200 judges and court staff will participate in the training which will be taught by 35 Peace Corps Volunteers.

By Fred Ndoli, The New Times

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