[FSM News] Sentencing training for judges and probation officers held in Yap
Participants: l to r, front: Hon. Carl-Worswick, Hon. Samuel, Hon. Carl, Hon Aliksa, Hon Noket, Hon. Plasman, Hon. Yinug, Hon Rodriguez, Hon. Zakios, Hon. Kenbaroy, Hon. Mugunbey
Back: Mr. Keller, Mr. Esau, Mr. Hellan, Hon. Paul, Ms. Albert, Mr. Elias, Hon. Kabua, Mr. Kennufmed, KC, Hon. Johnny, Mr. Marbey, Mr. Bailey.
FSM Supreme Court, Palikir, Pohnpei: On January 23 to January 26, 2013 a Sentencing Training was held in Colonia, Yap for judges and probation officers of the national, state and district courts of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
The training was sponsored by the Pacific Judicial Development Programme (PJDP) with funding assistance from the New Zealand MFAT and management oversight by the Federal Court of Australia.
This training was the first of its kind to be held in the FSM. Usually judges and probation officer have separate trainings. Though the training was basically focused on sentencing in criminal cases, other topics related to the process during pre-conviction and post-conviction were covered such as pre-trial release, pre-sentence reporting, revocation of probation, and methods of effective monitoring of probationers, etc.
The training was a joint effort agreed to between Chief Justice Hon.Martin G. Yinug of the FSM and Chief Justice Hon. Carl B. Ingram of the RMI under the PJDP responsive fund programme. The implementation of the activity was made possible through efficient and effective management oversight and guidance provided by the PJDP Contracts Manager, Ms. Helen Burrows and her able subordinates at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney, most especially Ms. Krystle Praestiin. The PJDP certified regional trainer and FSM National Training Coordinator, Mr. Kapilly Capelle coordinated the planning, design and delivery of the program in-country. The facilitators (trainers) for the training were Hon. James H. Plasman of the High Court of the RMI, Hon. Nickontro W. Johnny of Pohnpei Supreme Court, Chief Clerk of the FSM Supreme Court Mr. Kohsak Keller and FSM Supreme Court General Counsel Mr. Samuel Bailey, Esq., as training contents advisor.
Based on the participants’ evaluation, the overall training was rated above “very good”. By unanimous consensus the participants claimed that the contents were very relevant, most helpful, very interesting and allowed for a greater understanding of their roles. Everybody came away with positive views on the subject matter (contents), program delivery and the facilitators. By such measures, it is safe to say that the program was a great success for FSM and RMI judiciaries as well as for PJDP as a sponsor.
The following participants were awarded certificates of attendance and completion:
FSM Supreme Court
Hon. Beauleen Carl Worswick, Associate Justice
Mr. Belan Yoma, FSM Supreme Court, Chief Ombudsman
Leo Kennufmed Gorongfel, FSM Supreme Court, Ombudsman
Pohnpei State Court
Hon. Benjamin Rodriguez, Chief Justice
Hon. Yoster Carl, Associate Judge
Kiomy Albert Kilmete, Chief Probation Officer
Kosrae State Court
Hon. Aliksa Aliksa, Chief Justice
Burt Esau, Court Marshall
Chuuk State Court
Hon. Camillo Noket, Chief Justice
Hon. Repeat Samuel, Associate Judge
Mr. Alex Elias, Chief Probation Officer
Yap State Court
Hon. Cyprian Mugunbey, Associate Judge
Hon. Lawrence Kenbaroy, Associate Judge
Jeffrey Marbey, Chief Probation Officer
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Hon. Jimata Kabua, Presiding Judge, RMI District Court (RMIDC)
Hon. Milton Zakios, Associate Judge, RMIDC
Hon. Ablos Tarry Paul, Associate Judge, RMIDC