Program on Innovations in us Justice 2019
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Description

This is an in situ training program held in New York City. It is designed to provide attorneys, judges, prosecutors, public defenders and litigators from Latin America the opportunity to develop theoretical, analytical and practical skills that will allow them to understand new challenges in justice reform in the region. The program combines lectures and practical workshops with a series of visits to institutions as described below.

Location and Dates: New York City (United States), July 15-19, 2019. 

 

Registration

  • Stage 1: November 22-December 31 - 25% discount
  • Stage 2: January 1-February 28 - 20% discount (based on availability)
  • Stage 3: March 1-April 14 – no discount (based on availability)

The cost listed here only covers enrollment and materials. Transportation, lodging and per diem costs must be covered by each participant.

 

 

Introduction

The experience of the Anglo-Saxon judicial system has enriched criminal procedure reform processes in Latin America. As the region’s civil justice systems join this complex process of change, they are focusing on lessons that can be learned from North American models, which have used oral procedures and litigation for many years.
Given the changes that are being implemented in civil and criminal justice, it is necessary to create a shared training opportunity that provides empirical knowledge related to the innovations that the US system has introduce, as it may serve to rethink the direction of procedure reform processes in Latin American nations.

The program is not meant to extrapolate institutions or figures from the US system. On the contrary, the goal is to use the most recent progress made to incorporate new discussions and courses of action that can help implement and strengthen regional reform processes.



Objetives

Objetivo General

General Objective
The objective of the program is to provide participants with knowledge on innovative experiences in US civil and criminal justice that allow them to promote innovative practices and approaches to solving specific problems in the implementation and performance of criminal and civil justice systems in their countries.


Specific Objectives
Participants who complete the program will:

  • Receive a general overview of US criminal and civil justice, particularly its main characteristics and problems that it presents today.
  • Learn to recognize current trends in judicial reform in the US.
  • Identify noteworthy and innovative experiences that enrich the discussion of civil and criminal justice reform processes in Latin America.
  • Critically analyze Latin American reform processes and reflect on the need to incorporate new courses of action based on the US experience.

 

Methodology

The program is guided by two main methodological axes. The central nucleus consists of field visits to civil and criminal justice institutions that allow participants to learn about their performance, the main problems they face and the innovative projects that they have implemented in response to them. Based on this, classes will be offered in order to connect North American experiences to the situation of Latin America and the Caribbean. Both methodological strategies will be guided by the need to incorporate new courses of action into judicial reform processes in Latin America.

 

Application Requirements

The program is directed at attorneys from Latin America who work in civil and criminal justice institutions in their countries (judicial branch, public prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, private law firms, executive branch, police departments, bar associations, etc.) and individuals with professional or academic interest in the development of the same (universities, institutes, NGOs, etc.). Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a significant connection to reform processes in their respective communities and who show leadership skills and professional projection.


The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Undergraduate or equivalent professional degree in the areas of law, the legal sciences or the social sciences.
  • Complete online application describing personal, professional and academic background. (Use the link provided on this page.)
  • High/intermediate level of English. The program will be offered in English and Spanish. Classes will be taught in Spanish and the field visits will be conducted in English.

 

Contents

    • General overview of the justice systems in the US and Latin America.
  • Strategic criminal and community prosecution strategies in the public prosecutor’s office.
  • Pretrial services: generating information and supervising protective measures.
  • Community courts and access to justice: New approaches to judicial organization
  • Social reinsertion services: Transitioning from life in prison to being a responsible citizen

Program

Day 1: Monday, July 15, 2019

Morning
Center for Court Innovation
520 8th Ave., New York, NY, 18th Floor

08:30 – 09:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:30 a.m.

Welcome

09:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Module 1:  Current Situation of Criminal Justice in Latin America (JSCA)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Module Module 1:  Current Situation of Criminal Justice in Latin America (JSCA) 2:  Criminal Justice in the US and in New York State

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (not part of program)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Trip to Brooklyn

Afternoon
Brooklyn Criminal Court 
120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Module 3: “Brooklyn Justice Initiatives” and Arraignments

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Module 4: Supervised Pretrial Release

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Judicial Perspective: The Impact of BJI on the Court Environment

5:00 p.m.

Trip to Midtown Manhattan

Day 2: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Morning
Center for Court Innovation
520 8th Ave., New York, NY, 18th Floor

08:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 10:30 a.m. Module 6: Community Prosecution in Latin America

10:30 – 10:45 a.m

Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Module 7: Civil Justice Reform and Access to Justice in Latin America

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (not part of program)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Trip to District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan

Tarde
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
One Hogan Place, New York, NY, Room 845

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Module 8: Smart and Community Criminal Prosecution

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Trip to Midtown Manhattan

Day 3: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Morning
Red Hook Day 3: Wednesday, July 17, 2019Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY

09:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Module 9: Community Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration: A Case Study in Brooklyn, NY

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Trip to  Midtown Manhattan

Free time during the afternoon

Day 4: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Morning
Center for Court Innovation
520 8th Ave., New York, NY, 18th Floor

08:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Module 10: Reforms and Civil Procedure Structure in the US
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 a.m. Module 11: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Community Courts and Restorative Justice: Experiences and Regulations in Latin America

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (not included in program)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Trip to Crown Heights

Tarde
Community Mediation Center of Crown Heights & Legal Hand Crown Heights
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Commons Theater
145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY

2:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Module 12: Community Dispute Resolution

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Trip to Midtown Manhattan

Day 5: Friday, July 19, 2019

Morning
Center for Court Innovation
520 8th Ave., New York, NY, 18th Floor

08:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 10:30 a.m. Module 13: Procedural Justice

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Module 14: Dialogue on New Trends and Challenges in Justice in the US and Latin America

12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

End of Program

 

 

 

COST

The cost of enrollment is US$1,500 (one thousand five hundred US dollars). This amount only includes enrollment, participation in the program and materials.

Each participant will be responsible for covering the costs of their own transportation, lodging and per diem.

  • Stage 1: November 22-December 31 - 25% discount
  • Stage 2: January 1 – February 28 - 20% discount (based on availability)
  • Stage 3: March 1-April 14 - no discount (based on availability)

 

The following discounts will be offered for groups:

  • 9 or more people: 30%
  • 4 - 8 people: 20%
  • 3 people: 10%



Note: We will contact you to make payment arrangements once you have been accepted into the program. You will NOT be entitled to a refund if you decide not to attend.

 

 

Application Form

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Contact

For more information, contact JSCA Researcher Juan José Martínez at  , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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