Participants in the seminar
Participants in the seminar

The IRZ began its bilateral cooperation with Albania this year with a two-day seminar on appraising evidence. Organised together with the School of Magistrates, the Albanian training institute for people working in the justice system, the seminar held on 26 and 27 March 2018 brought together about 25 public prosecutors and judges to discuss the appraisal of evidence, the analysis of testimony and lessons in questioning.

Dr. Friedrich Kies, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein, reported on the truthfulness of witness statements, presented the basics of analysing testimony and rounded off the discussions on the second day with specific features of the examination of witnesses, such as questioning techniques and the involvement of interpreters in the questioning process. From the Albanian side, lecturers at the School of Magistrates, Sokol Berberi, Vangjel Kosta and Ervin Metalla, gave presentations on the relevance and credibility of evidence, and on the collection of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings.

Group work was carried out based on genuine Albanian cases, during which the participants had to reverse roles, discussing and arguing the relevance of the evidence provided. The topics discussed during the seminar were on the curriculum at the School of Magistrates for the first time this year and were therefore extremely popular.

The IRZ will continue its cooperation with the School of Magistrates, which began back in 2000, with further training seminars planned for 2018.