Training Course Empowers Sindh Judges to Counter the Use of Explosive Devices and Ordnance Safely and Effectively

4 October 2023, Karachi - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in collaboration with the Sindh Judicial Academy (SJA) and generously funded by the UN Peace and Development Trust Fund, embarked on a two-day training course aimed at empowering judges from across the Sindh province with the essential knowledge and skills to counter the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and safely manage explosive ordnance.

The "Training Course on Countering the Use of Improvised Explosive Devices and Explosive Ordnance Disposal for Judges" was a vital step in enhancing the capacity of judges to handle explosive substances and maintain the rule of law in an environment where safety and security were paramount. The training, which took place from 3 to 4 October 2023, drew participation from 45 judges hailing from various districts across the Sindh province. These judges, representing a diverse range of courts and jurisdictions, had converged at the Sindh Judicial Academy to hone their expertise in dealing with explosive substances and interpreting forensic reports crucial for fair and just legal proceedings.

The comprehensive curriculum encompassed an array of essential topics, starting with procedures and best practices for handling explosive substances during remand hearings. Judges were also provided with insights into the art of writing orders, with exercises tailored to improve the drafting of remand orders, a critical aspect of the judicial process.

Participants delved deep into understanding the different types of explosive substances, explored methods for preserving these volatile materials safely in record rooms, and learned how to effectively identify explosive substances. The training also shed light on the crucial roles played by Bomb Disposal Units during investigations and the responsibilities of the Civil Defense Department in managing explosive substances.

Furthermore, the judges explored the nuances of various types of forensic evidence, their relevance in counter-terrorism cases, and the procedures for collecting, preserving, and referring forensic evidence for examination and reporting. The chain of evidence, vital for proving the authenticity of forensic reports, was a key point of discussion. A highlight of the training was the segment on interpreting forensic reports. Judges gained valuable insights into understanding the implications of forensic evidence in legal proceedings. They learned to collaborate effectively with forensic experts to ensure that the law and justice were upheld.

It was evident that this endeavor was not just a training but a transformative experience for all involved. The judges emerged with enhanced knowledge, skills, and a renewed sense of purpose. They now possessed a more profound understanding of the intricacies surrounding explosive substances, forensic evidence, and the legal procedures involved. This newfound expertise equipped them to deliver justice effectively, ensuring that the law prevailed in even the most challenging cases.

In essence, this training sowed the seeds for more informed and confident judges who would undoubtedly contribute to a safer and more secure Sindh province. It was yet another testament to the commitment of the Sindh Judicial Academy, the UNODC, and the UN Peace and Development Trust Fund in building a legal system that safeguarded both justice and security.

The Training Course for Judges reached its culmination with a closing ceremony, graced by distinguished guests, trainers, and, most importantly, the participating judges. Over the course of two days, these diligent legal professionals had delved into the complexities of handling explosive substances and interpreting forensic reports. The closing ceremony provided a platform for the judges to share their experiences and insights gained during the training.