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Santiago, March 22, 2018

    • A Haitian Judicial Branch Superior Council (CSPJ) delegation visited Santiago de Chile to learn about the Chilean criminal justice system.
    • Participants met with representatives of the Judicial Branch, Judicial Branch Administrative Corporation, Police Investigations and the Public Defender’s Office as well as guarantee judges and oral trial court judges.

A delegation from Haiti’s Judicial Branch Superior Council led by its Vice President, Windèle Coq Thélot, visited Santiago de Chile this week to learn about the criminal justice system. The activity was part of the US Agency for International Development’s Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program, which supports the professionalization, independence and efficiency of Haitian justice.

JSCA and the US company Chemonics ( are supporting part of this project by providing technical assistance for the design, planning and monitoring of criminal justice reform in Haiti, which is working on a new criminal code and criminal procedure code.

Along with the CSPJ Vice President, who is also a representative of Haiti’s Court of Cassation, the delegation was composed of attorneys Jean Etienne Mercier (a representative of Haiti’s Peace Courts), Max Elibert and Marquis Jean Robert as well as Port au Prince Bar Association Board Member Jacques Miguel Sanon and members of the USAID project.

The Haitian delegation’s activities began on Monday morning with an introductory workshop on Chile’s adversarial criminal justice system with Supreme Court Justice Manuel Valderrama; JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano; and JSCA research attorney Gonzalo Fibla. The delegation then visited the Supreme Court, where they met with Chief Justice Haroldo Brito.

On Tuesday, they met with professionals from the Judicial Branch Administrative Corporation to learn about how a justice system is managed, how budgets are handled, how jobs descriptions are designed and other issues. They then visited Police Investigations to learn about the work of criminal investigators.

Yesterday, delegation members met with the members of the Public Defender’s Office and visited Santiago’s Justice Center so that they could meet with court administrators, guarantee judges and oral trial judges and observe hearings to see how litigation is handled in practice and how the justice system functions.

The delegation’s week of activities ended today with a workshop at JSCA designed to help them reflect on what they had seen in the Chilean criminal justice system and connect it to their country’s justice system. The Haitian delegation noted that Chile’s procedure reform was the result of a broad political agreement that allowed for the development of government policy. They also recognized that the Judicial Branch has a professionalized organizational management system through the Administrative Corporation and a system for measuring fulfillment of institutional goals. The visitors also were impressed by the fact that the country had created a criminal defense system for individuals with limited resources.

Through the project with Chemonics, JSCA also has participated in two workshops with the Presidential Commission for Haitian Justice Reform in Port au Prince. The commission was created by the government to explore various aspects of justice system reform.











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