The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) co-organized the colloquium “Arraignment and Evidentiary Law” with the Universidad Católica de Salta (UCASAL) Law School on Thursday, May 6.

The activity was mainly attended by justice system operators from the Judicial Branch, Public Prosecutor’s Office and Public Defender’s Office from the Salta and Jujuy federal and local justice systems. It also included members of Uruguay’s justice system.

American University Washington College of Law faculty members Carlos Acosta, a district court judge from Maryland, and Dennis Clark, a prosecutor from Washington, D.C., presented a case study and overview of the US criminal justice system.

They also discussed and compared the rules of evidentiary admissibility of the US, Argentinean and Uruguayan criminal justice systems.

The virtual colloquium was part of the project “The implementation of an adversarial federal justice system in Argentina,” which JSCA is executing with funds from the US Embassy in Argentina’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) agency. Its purpose is to provide technical support for the implementation of a new federal criminal procedure code in Argentina.