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Attorney General Kilmartin to Co-Chair NAAG Criminal Law Committee

Kilmartin Also to Serve on Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations and as NAAG Representative to the International Association of Prosecutors

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin was recently named co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Criminal Law Committee. In addition, Kilmartin will serve on the Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations and as the first representative to the newly-formed alliance between NAAG and the International Association of Prosecutors.

The NAAG Criminal Law Committee serves as the clearinghouse for dissemination of information on current trends in criminal law prosecutions and criminal procedure, identifies emerging issues and coordinates among the attorneys general community effective and efficient responses to those issues. Finally, the committee designs and executes training for assistant attorneys general practicing in the criminal law field. Attorney General Marty Jackley of South Dakota will serve as co-chair.

"I am pleased to be working with my fellow attorneys general to establish best practices to improve the criminal justice system and develop policies that improve the safety of the public," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "While the role of the attorney general varies from state to state, and, unlike Rhode Island, most are limited in their prosecutorial authority, it is important that we work together to advance criminal justice initiatives that cross state lines and facilitate communication among attorneys general and law enforcement."

The Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations consists of state attorneys general, state prosecutors and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of the United States Attorneys and is the forum where federal, state and local offices can coordinate investigative and prosecutorial efforts.

International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is an international, non-governmental and non-political organization of prosecutors established in 1995 at the United Nations offices in Vienna. The IAP is committed to setting and raising standards of professional conduct and ethics for prosecutors worldwide; promoting the rule of law, fairness, impartiality and respect for human rights; and improving international co-operation to combat crime. NAAG and IAP recently formed an alliance designed to increase the proficiency of criminal and civil prosecutors in the United States and abroad, and to enhance cross-border relationships that can increase the effectiveness of law enforcement in battling the growth of international criminal enterprises. The NAAG Liaison to the IAP serves as the central representative in furthering and strengthening this partnership.

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