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JSCA Trains Nicaraguan Civil and Criminal Court Judges on Oral Hearing Management

A group of 82 judges and criminal and civil justice system operators received training from JSCA on management of oral hearings in both areas. The activity was conducted with the support of the Nicaraguan Judicial Branch Institute for Advanced Judicial Studies (IAEJ) and was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court’s Civil Chamber, the Honorable Ileana Pérez, Supreme Court Civil Chamber justices Gerardo Arce and José Adán Guerra, the Vice Rector of IAEJ, Patricia Moreira, and JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano.


A group of 82 judges and criminal and civil justice system operators received training from JSCA on management of oral hearings in both areas. The activity was conducted with the support of the Nicaraguan Judicial Branch Institute for Advanced Judicial Studies (IAEJ) and was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court’s Civil Chamber, the Honorable Ileana Pérez, Supreme Court Civil Chamber justices Gerardo Arce and José Adán Guerra, the Vice Rector of IAEJ, Patricia Moreira, and JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano.

The criminal justice training activity was attended by 40 students, judges, public defenders, prosecutors and advisors from such diverse cities as Managua, Masaya, Granada, Carazo, Rivas, Jinotega, Matagalpa, León and Chinandega. The civil training was attended by 41 students, judges, secretaries and judges’ assistants, also from various parts of Nicaragua.

Participants in both sections received training on topics such as the role of the judge in the different types of oral hearings, case theory and evidence evaluation. They also separated into groups –criminal justice and civil justice- to receive specific training by area of work and hearing type.

Participants from the civil justice system received training on topics such as production and control of evidence in an oral trial, direct and cross-examination, management of objections and use of prior statements.

Those from the criminal justice system were trained on coverage of the crime and the role of the judge in plea hearings, adversarial hearings, at trial and in abbreviated trials.


Both training programs were complemented by practical workshops designed to simulate oral trials.

JSCA’s training team was composed of Argentine criminal court judge Gonzalo Rua, Chilean attorney and academic Felipe Marín, JSCA Training Area Coordinator Leonel González, JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño and JSCA’s Executive Director, Chilean attorney Jaime Arellano.