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U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton (right) presents the certificate while U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez looks on in the background in Namibia.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – One of the two federal judges for the U.S. District Court in St. Thomas has been keeping busy by training 14 magistrates in Africa.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez was the only sitting federal judge to participate in a program to strategize with magistrates in Africa on how they can better fight crime through judicial excellence.

The U.S. Embassy in Namibia hosted training for Windhoek magistrates from all the fourteen regions of the country last week entitled “Judicial Professionalism and Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement.”

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton and a visiting federal judge, a federal magistrate, a federal clerk and a U.S. Attorney were recognized for helping the Namibian magistrates in a brief closing and certificate ceremony at the NamPower Convention Center in Windhoek.

Training has been designed to give technical assistance to strengthen Namibia’s justice sector infrastructure, assist with case management skills development, and emphasize a team approach to fighting crime.

The training has been sponsored by the federal government as part of a collaboration between Namibia’s judiciary, the U.S. Office of the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section (CCIPS).

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton presented a certificate to a Namibian Magistrate Officer at the closing ceremony.

Looking on during the presentation of the certificate were: U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez of the Virgin Islands; U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick White of Florida; Clerk of Court Sheryl Loesch of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; and U.S. Attorney Michelle Crawford.

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