V Latin American Training Program for Judges
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Admission and Applications

  • Stage 1:  November 22-January 31  - 25% discount
  • Stage 2: February 1-April 30 - 20% discount (subject to availability)
  • Stage 3:  May 1-August 14 – no discount (subject to availability)
  • Limited to 40 spots.


Groups representing institutions may qualify for the following discounts:

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

The admissions procedure is as follows:

  • Complete the registration form.
  • JSCA’s Academic Committee will review the application and issue a letter of admission if it finds that the applicant has met the requirements.
  • The applicant must pay a $100 deposit within 30 days of receiving the admission letter. This amount will be applied to the enrollment fees.

Program Cost
Within four months of making the deposit and up to 30 days prior to the end of the program, the applicant must pay the remaining enrollment fee in up to four payments. The cost of the program is US$1,000, which may be paid in up to four payments.

* The deposit will not be returned if the student decides not to participate in the course or does not pay the remaining amount by the deadline. 

Payment Form
The student may make one payment or up to four monthly payments using a credit card. Payment information will be sent to each applicant via email.



Program Description and Methodology

General Description

This is an intensive five-day course designed for Latin American criminal court judges for the development of theoretical, analytical and practical abilities in order to improve their work in the area of hearing management.

The program combines mock hearings with visits to justice institutions and observations of Chilean criminal court hearings. It also includes theoretical classes focused on Latin American criminal procedure law and its reforms in comparative perspective. The focus will be the experience of justice system operators and international faculty members who have taken part in judicial reform efforts in Latin America over the past 20 years.

Based on the above, the course will include the following methodological steps:

  • Exploration of litigation techniques: specific lines of work will be developed for this new way of practicing law and analyzing cases from the judge’s perspective.
  • Development of hearing management techniques: participants will engage in various exercises meant to allow them to use examples provided by instructors to learn how to effectively run hearings.
  • Mock hearings: participants will apply the techniques that they have learned to mock hearings.
  • Critical analysis and feedback: The participants’ oral presentations will be evaluated in groups composed of participants and course facilitators.




      • Elements for the implementation of public policies in the justice sector
      • Applying case theory
      • The judge’s role in settlement approval hearings: The guarantee of the fact
      • The judge’s role in adversarial hearings
      • Visit 1: Chilean guarantee court and observation of initial hearings
      • Visit 2: Oral Criminal Court and observation of oral trials
      • Pretrial detention in Latin America
      • Admissibility of expert evidence
      • Witness examination and cross examination
      • Mock settlement hearing
      • Mock initial hearing
      • Mock intermediate hearing
      • Mock oral trial

As justice systems move towards the use of oral hearings, the judge must play a “teaching” role. This allows the judge to create standards for the practice of litigation based on the management of the hearing which allow for the full exercise of rights in the context of the presentation of the arguments. Judges also prevent attorneys from using poor practices to delay the process by submitting requests that delay the trials.

In this context, judges’ work in managing civil and criminal hearings will be observed carefully by litigators, who hope to obtain a sort of “higher standard” that will allow them to have uniform criteria for solving the problems that emerge during the hearing.

In view of this, and based on the experience gathered, JSCA has designed a specific training program for Latin American judges that will allow them to set a series of criteria and develop skills to manage hearings without delays and establish guidelines for handling the various types of hearings that are used in an oral process.




General objective

By the end of the course, the participants will have increased their abilities and developed skills for identifying the positions presented during the hearing, directing the hearing based on the same and assessing the information produced in order to make a ruling.

Specific objectives

Participants will acquire the following skills during the course:

      • Identification of case theory for each part of the trial, differentiating between theory of facts, legal theory and evidentiary theory with a focus on the facts at issue.
      • Determination of the relevant facts in the trial based on the analysis of opening arguments.
      • Prevention of the use of delay tactics on the part of the parties.
      • Moderating witness examination and cross examination based on the foundations and logic of each information production tool.
      • Issuing decisions about objections while respecting the dynamic of the oral trial.
      • Developing a sentence based on the analysis of the evidence that was actually produced during trial.



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Jaime Arellano
Jaime Arellano is an attorney who holds a law degree from Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s degree in of Public Administration from American University. He served as Vice Minister of Justice of Chile from 2000 to 2006 and was responsible for promoting the nationwide implementation of the criminal procedure reform as well as prison reform, prison concession program, and other initiatives.
He has worked as an international consultant, supporting criminal and family justice reform processes and the modernization of judicial systems in Latin America. He has taught in the Universidad de Santiago de Chile School of Economics and Administration, at the Chilean Judicial Academy, and in the joint master’s degree in Law program offered by the Universidad de Chile Law School and Washington College of Law with a focus on Comparative and International Hiring. He has served as the Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas since 2014.

Leonel González

Argentine attorney specializing in Criminal Law with a degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires Law School. He completed the Latin American Certificate Program on Criminal Procedure Reform at Universidad Diego Portales Law School (Chile) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (Canada).

He served as a consultant on the Evaluation of the Implementation of Panama’s Adversarial Criminal Justice System; the Evaluation of the Impact of the Fiscal Management Model of Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor’s Office; the project “Evaluation of Chile’s Criminal Procedure Reform Ten Years After Its National Implementation”; on the project Technical Assistance for the Implementation of Uruguay’s Criminal Procedure Code; and on the project “Pretrial Detention in Bolivia.”
He has participated as a presenter or instructor in seminars, courses and conferences in the US, Canada, Austria, the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.

He is the Regional Vice President for South America of the International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) for 2017-2019 and member of the Argentina Procedure Law Association. He has worked in the Federal Criminal Cassation Chamber in the Argentine National Judicial Branch and at the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP). 


Verónica Sepúlveda Briones
Verónica Sepúlveda Briones holds an undergraduate degree in the Legal Sciences and a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
She has been an internship coordinator in the guarantee courts for the Chilean Judicial Academy since 2006.
She taught in training programs for level one officials in the Chilean Judicial Academy from 2005 to 2016. Sepúlveda also taught courses for attorneys on knowledge, skills and abilities related to the exercise of the profession in 2011 in Ecuador. She participated as a faculty member in the Strategic Oral Litigation Program organized by JSCA in Salta, Argentina in November 2018.
Sepúlveda is the author of the articles “Identificación de imputados. Condiciones de legitimidad” (Revista de Razonamiento Penal 2/2012) and “Prueba de contexto ¿es posible el control del prejuicio a través de la exclusión probatoria?”  (Revista de Razonamiento Penal 2/2012).
She is currently a Presiding Judge in the 13th Guarantee Court of Santiago. 

Gonzalo Rua

Gonzalo Rua is an attorney and criminal court judge (who hears preliminary hearings and oral trials) in Buenos Aires. He holds a degree in criminal law from Universidad de Palermo. Rua is a member of the INECIP Board of Directors and serves as the Director of the Province Criminal Procedure System Reform Program. He has worked as a consultant and/or trainer in several Latin American countries. He teaches graduate and undergraduate students at the Universidad de Buenos Aires Law School and in the Magistrate Specialization Graduate Program at Universidad Nacional de La Matanza. Rua has taught in various criminal reform training programs in Argentine provinces and throughout Latin America. He received a scholarship to attend the JSCA Criminal Procedure Reform Program and the program Challenges and Opportunities in the Assessment of Evidence in Adversarial Oral Trials. He coordinates the Universidad de Buenos Aires Criminal Litigation Continuing Education Graduate Program. Rua is a lecturer and the author of numerous publications on criminal, criminal procedure and administrative law. He is the co-author of the book Código Contravencional comentado de la CABA and the author of the books Contraexamen de Testigos and Examen de Testigos (in press).





Program Participants and Duration

The program is designed for criminal court judges working in Latin America.

Duration: 34 hours of theoretical and practical classes including visits to justice sector institutions.





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







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