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Santiago, November 29

 

Over the course of this year, JSCA has developed a set of activities in Brazil that are meant to strengthen and deepen connections in order to promote and broaden the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that nation.



In order to learn more about the work of an adversarial criminal justice system from a practical perspective and based on Chile’s experience, professionals from the Goias state prosecution services participated in training program in Santiago de Chile. The three-day program was offered by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), which has developed a series of initiatives in Brazil in order to strengthen and deepen connections and promote and expand the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that country.

Brazil’s Criminal Procedure Code has been in place since 1941, and it is the only Latin American nation that maintains an inquisitory (not adversarial) system.

The activities conducted this year included the Brazilian Criminal Procedure Reform Program, which had a regional phase and an international phase. The former included two training programs in the states of Bahía and Río Grande do Sul in April and June, respectively. The international phase was executed in September in Santiago de Chile. In addition, a book was published that contains reflections and proposals by experts on criminal procedure reform in Brazil (biblioteca.cejamericas.org).


The immersion program is structured using a mixed format that combines workshops with experts on criminal procedure reform with guided visits to Judicial Branch and prosecution service facilities, observations of guarantee stage hearings and trials, and meetings with professionals from various institutions.

 

The initiative begins with an introductory class on the main topics related to criminal justice reform processes. The goal is for participants to be able to reach a consensus regarding a general context on the state of criminal justice reform and the main difficulties. The program then moves on to visits and closes with a final workshop in which participants seek to extract the main lessons learned from Chile’s reform process based on what they have observed.


In 2018, JSCA will hold the Brazilian Criminal Procedure Reform Program, which will include three regional phases in Salvador, Bahia and Curitiba (Paraná) in April, and Fortaleza (Ceará) in May. An international phase will take place in Santiago de Chile. For more information, seewww.cejamericas.org

 

 

 

 

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