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Three Days of Training for Judges on Cybercrime Investigation Techniques and the Consideration of Electronic Evidence

From August 8 to 10, more than 35 judges from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, will participate in the OAS/REMJA Cybercrime Regional Workshop for Judges of the Caribbean at Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The aim of the Workshop is for the participating judges of the region to obtain new tools and knowledge to tackle cybercrime and electronic evidence. Furthermore it is expected to promote the exchange of experiences and the creation of a network of contacts and collaboration among the judicial authorities of the region.

Jamaica and its Cybercrime Strategy

Presently, Jamaica is among the principal countries in the Caribbean in the fight against cybercrime. Its cybercrime strategy provides a vision for being an innovation hub on prevention and detection of cybercrime for the region.[SR1] 

Jamaica introduced the Cybercrimes Act, 2015, replacing its 2010 legislation. This new Act introduces new offenses, such as: computer related fraud or forgery, use of computer for malicious communication, and the unauthorized disclosure of an investigation. In addition, this new Law establishes that cybercrime is dynamic and continuously evolving. For this reason, the Act provides that a review is to take place in 2018, to determine whether the Act needs to be modified to address new developments.

About the OAS/REMJA and the US Justice Department Cybercrime Training Program

The training program is part of the cooperation process through which the Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) seeks to provide concrete assistance to the justice systems of the countries of the Americas.

The challenges that cybercrime poses for States, such as its transnational nature and the complexities arising from the sophistication of its different forms, prompted REMJA to establish a Working Group that specifically promotes hemispheric legal cooperation on such matters.

To that end, the training program has become a prominent feature of that cooperation under the leadership of the Chair of the REMJA Working Group on Cybercrime. This training program has carried out workshops for more than a decade, imparted by the Department of Justice of the United States with cooperation resources provided by that country’s government.

The 38 regional technical workshops held to date have provided training to more than 2500 participants, including lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, and investigators, covering such subjects as investigation and prosecution techniques, admissibility of electronic and digital evidence, and drafting laws based on the Budapest Convention.

In addition, countries such as Argentina have replicated the workshops at the provincial level, extending the training to judges and prosecutors nationwide, as well as promoting cooperation among their various judicial bodies.

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