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Santiago, October 28 2019


The V Training Program for Judges on Criminal Hearing Management organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) was held October 21-25. It was attended by judges from eight countries in the region: Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.




This intensive five-day course was designed to improve participants’ performance by combining theoretical and practical classes on the roles of judges in adversarial justice systems.


Lectures and practical workshops were offered on the following topics: judges’ new role in the adversarial system, case theory and recognition of contested facts, the guarantee of the fact and the role of the judge in hearings on agreements, practice of intermediate stage hearings, raising awareness about the consideration of sexual orientation and gender identity in the judging of criminal cases and the role of the judge in adversarial hearings.


Participants also studied the Chilean experience through visits to the guarantee courts of Santiago de Chile, where they observed alternative outcomes hearings and abbreviated trials, arraignments and guarantee hearings.













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