United States Government hosts Mutual Legal Assistance Seminar for region’s attorneys

On April 5 and 6, 2018, the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will host a Mutual Legal Assistance Seminar in Barbados for attorneys from the Eastern Caribbean region.

Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Financial Intelligence Units will work together to enhance their knowledge of mutual legal assistance legislation, conventions, processes and best practice.

The transnational nature of organized crime poses serious challenges for national justice systems.  The unique geography of Eastern Caribbean states make serious, cross-border crime even more prevalent.  Creating effective central authorities to channel international cooperation is an essential element of the efforts made by countries to bring criminals to justice, and confiscate the proceeds of crime in a successful and timely manner.  It is vital that regional partners afford each other the widest measure of assistance permitted by their domestic law.  This seminar will, therefore, be the first step in an INL mutual legal assistance project aimed at promoting fast and comprehensive cooperation in mutual legal assistance matters.