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Santiago, July 26, 201


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Supreme Court of Chile and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Chile organized a seminar to present the study “Challenges of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile: A Retrospective Analysis after Over a Decade.” The event was held Wednesday, July 25 in the Salon of Honor of the Santiago Courts of Justice.

The study was presented by JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano


The activity was divided into two sections. The first was an Institutional Roundtable Discussion focused on “The Challenges of Justice System Institutions.” It addressed topics related to structure, inter-institutional organization and coordination and hearings, specifically issues of information, discussion and quality of litigation. Presentations were offered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Haroldo Brito; Minister of Justice and Human Rights Hernán Larraín; National Prosecutor Jorge Abbott; National Public Defender Andrés Mahnke; Director General of the Chilean Police Force Héctor Espinosa; National Director for Operations Support of the Chilean Military Police Fernando Riveros Muñoz; and Interim Director of the Forensic Service, Dr. Gabriel Zamora. Jaime Arellano served as moderator.

The second part of the event was a Roundtable Discussion among Academics and Experts. The first session focused on the “Structure, Organization and Inter-Institutional Coordination of Criminal Justice System Operators.” The panelists were Mauricio Duce (Universidad Diego Portales Law School), Ana María Morales (Fundación Paz Ciudadana) and Sebastián Valenzuela (Ministry of Justice and Human Rights). The participants presented the findings of the study. This session was moderated by JSCA researcher Gonzalo Fibla.

The second panel addressed “Hearings: Information, Discussion and Quality of Litigation.” It featured specialists María Inés Horvits (Universidad de Chile Law School); Leonardo Moreno (JSCA consultant, Universidad Alberto Hurtado) and Marcela Figueroa (13th Guarantee Court of Santiago). Jaime Arellano presented the findings of the study and moderated the discussion.

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The presentation was made in the context of the creation of a Ministerial Commission charged with proposing changes to the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). JSCA’s study forms the foundation of this commission’s discussion.

The goal of the study was to examine the performance of the criminal justice system ten years after the procedure reform’s nationwide implementation. An assessment of the main challenges and operational problems was presented in order to identify current and future challenges related to the fulfillment of its most important principles.

The main results and findings of the research were organized around four axes: the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, the effectiveness of institutions, the participation of the defendant in the justice system and the participation of the victim in the justice system.


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