The Moroccan delegation during expert discussions with Peter Faust, Presiding Judge at the Regional Court of Berlin, at the German Association of Judges in Berlin
The Moroccan delegation during expert discussions with Peter Faust, Presiding Judge at the Regional Court of Berlin, at the German Association of Judges in Berlin

Continuing the cooperation with Morocco in the field of legal and forensic medicine, a Moroccan delegation visited Berlin from 11 to 15 September 2017 to learn about the “Potential of legal and forensic medicine for law professionals”. The event was part of a three-year project, which the IRZ is leading together with the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The project is supported by the German Foreign Office as part of the Transformation partnerships with North Africa/the Middle East during the period from 2017 to 2019.

The objective is to support independent legal and forensic medicine in Morocco by providing continued training and education for forensic scientists, developing an appropriate professional code and improving the cooperation between legal and forensic medicine and the justice system.

The delegation was first of all welcomed to expert discussions at the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine at Charité Berlin, the focus of which was on the subject of “guaranteeing the independence of legal and forensic medicine”. The following topics in particular were discussed:

  • The structure of the Institute
  • Cooperation with the relevant authorities
  • Financial regulations
  • Criteria for reports and autopsies
  • Continued training and education for forensic scientists and
  • Guaranteeing the independence of legal and forensic medicine in Germany.

This visit also included a practical part and a guided tour of the Department of Forensic Toxicology and the autopsy room.

Further expert discussions were held at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. The subjects of discussion here were the cooperation between the Administration of Justice and legal and forensic medicine, the duties of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, criminal proceedings (e.g the investigation and autopsy processes) and the position and status of legal and forensic medicine in German criminal law.

At the German Association of Judges, the delegation was able to discuss legal procedures and the importance of legal and forensic medicine. They also looked at the criteria for reports and their structure, as well as issues concerning documentation.

The closing discussions took place at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Berlin, with the focus on subjects such as the cooperation between the Public Prosecutor’s Office and legal and forensic medicine and the independence of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Moroccan guests showed a great deal of interest, actively taking part in the exchange of experiences by asking lots of questions and making remarks on the status of legal and forensic medicine in both countries. They were able to address various topics intensively during the talks, allowing them to gain a deep insight into the way legal and forensic medicine works in Germany.

There continues to be a great requirement for advice in Morocco. The joint expert discussions and events will continue to take place as part of this project until the end of 2019.