29 December 2012

Angola: Attorney-General Department Considers Number of Magistrates Insufficient

Luanda — The insufficient number of magistrates in Angola has created obstacles to a better performance of the Attorney-General Department in the year 2012, said last Friday in Luanda the Attorney-general, João Maria de Sousa.

João Maria de Sousa said so in the yearend greetings ceremony, which was attended by deputy and assistant Attorney-generals, members of the Prosecuting Counsel's Higher Council, public prosecutors, staffs and technicians of the institution.

To him, although 310 public prosecutors are on effective duty in the country, this number is still insufficient to respond to the demand countrywide.

On the occasion, he revealed that there are still many municipalities in the country in which the Prosecuting Counsel is not fully present.

He also announced that 20 new auditors have recently concluded a magistrates course, at the National Institute for Judiciary Studies, after already attending a training programme for the Prosecuting Counsel.

He said although the institution was not able to overcome some of the difficulties that hinder the improvement of its activities, the year 2012 can be deemed positive.

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