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JSCA and Judicial Branch Present Two Manuals


Santiago, September 25, 2018


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and Costa Rica’s Judicial Branch have presented two new publications, a Litigation Manual for Oral Hearings in Costa Rica’s New Civil Justice System for attorneys and an Oral Hearing Management Manual for Costa Rica’s New Civil Justice System for judges. The effort enjoyed the financial support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

The launch of the manuals was sponsored by the Costa Rica Bar Association and was organized by the country’s Judicial Academy and Judicial Branch Civil Jurisdiction Commission.

Following its approval by Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly, the new Civil Procedure Code entered into force on October 8, ushering in a new oral civil justice system based on hearings which requires that judges and attorneys work differently.

JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano explained, “One of the major challenges that this type of process poses is the need for changes in the people who work in the system. They are required to adjust their work practices, methodologies and mentality to the new organization that serves the new procedure and management model.”

JSCA Director of Research and Projects Marco Fandiño, who co-edited the texts with Lorena Espinosa, remarked, “Our goal with the litigation and hearing management manuals is to support the introduction of practices based on a concept of oral procedures as a tool for providing greater quality information based on the hearing, and for this information to be oriented towards adequate dispute resolution.”

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