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July 20, 201.

 

The government of Mendoza, Supreme Court of the Province of Mendoza, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) are organizing an international seminar entitled “Trial by Jury in Mendoza.” The event will be held Tuesday, August 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mendoza Judicial Branch, which is located at Av. España 480.


The inaugural ceremony will include addresses by Alfredo Cornejo, the Governor of Mendoza; Jorge Nanclares, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; José Valerio, President of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; JSCA Training Director Leonel González; and Senator Anabel Fernández Sagasti, who represents the Province of Mendoza.

The inaugural session will be followed by a lecture on citizen participation in criminal justice featuring Leonel González, Anabel Fernández Sagasti, Marcelo D’Agostino and José Valerio.


A second lecture will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on empirical jury studies in the United States by Valerie Hans of Cornell University and Paula Hannaford-Agor of the National Center for State Courts. The session will be moderated by Andrés Harfuch, the Vice President of the Argentine Trial by Jury Association (AAJJ).


The seminar will conclude with a mock trial coordinated by Cristian Penna of INECIP, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Members of the public who are interested in participating as jurors may send a request via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 1. The focus of the trial will be a case of femicide. It will be presided over by the Honorable Alejandro Piña and will include arguments presented by prosecutor Darío Tagua and defense attorney Ximena Morales. Actors will play the roles of the defendant, witnesses and experts.


The activity is being sponsored by the Argentine Trial by Jury Association and the US Department of State and coordinated by the Mendoza Supreme Court Office for Modernization.

Mendoza’s legislature is currently debating a bill to implement trial by jury for serious crimes. The jury would consist of twelve adults between the ages of 18 and 17 and gender equality determined by the DNI (making it the first province in the country to do so), with broad voir dire for selecting the jury (four recusals without cause for each party). The system would also feature discussion handled under the rules of adversarial litigation, instructions from the judge on applicable law with lesser crimes included, a unanimous verdict required for conviction, absolution or a decision that the defendant cannot be tried and a new trial if a unanimous decision is not reached.

Limited space is available. If you are interested in registering for this event, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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