Best practice guide and investigator tool kit for wildlife crime

14 Nov 2016 to 18 Nov 2016

As part of the pledge to see the creation of an in-house prosecution unit and capacity building along the entire criminal trial process, the implementing charity, Space For Giants in partnership with the Tlhokomela Trust  ran a week long engagement with the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP/APU) regarding the prosecution of wildlife crime. They were supported by UNODC who financed the exercise.

The group of senior prosecutors and investigators drafted the first codification of the decision to charge within the Directorate, and submitted the same for approval by that authority, together with a prosecutor and investigator toolkit containing best practice guidance on key evidential issues that arise in wildlife crime. The exercise was led by the Space For Giants, Director of Legal Strategy and Wildlife Protection, Shamini Jayanathan.  It was an intensive process, drawing upon the experience of prosecutors and APU investigators to fine tune the needs and analysis of existing law, practice and procedure.  Once the tools are finalised and approved, Tlhokomela Trust, through Space For Giants and UNODC to deliver those tools, nationally, to prosecutors, investigators and judicial officers alike, beginning in early 2017.