In January, in a new venture for the Foundation, Sir Colin Mackay and Amanda Pinto QC visited Oman to train the judiciary on anti-corruption cases and judge-craft. The visited was arranged in collaboration with Beyond Borders and in conjunction with the FCO and the Omani Judiciary. 15 Omani judges attended from across the country and from different levels and types of court, though they were mainly criminal courts. The most senior delegate judge was the President of the Court of Appeal in Sohar and a General Assembly President. The first and last sessions were also attended by a very senior member of the judiciary.
The sessions were very lively and the audience most involved, asking questions, commenting and putting different points of view. There was a lot of discussion about the differences and the similarities between the UK and the Omani systems, in terms of overall legal systems, approaches to corruption and aspects of judge-craft.
The Foundation hopes to continue this fruitful collaboration with Beyond Borders in the Middle East