September 04 - October 08, 2017
San José and Heredia, Costa Rica
Strengthening Restorative Justice

Costa Rica’s Restorative Justice Programme will share its experience with Colombia and Mexico

Delegations from Colombia and Mexico will meet in Costa Rica from 4th - 8th September, in order to learn about and share experiences regarding the Costa Rican model of the Criminal and Youth Criminal Restorative Justice Programme, as a model to be replicated in their countries.

The Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice is directed by the Judicial Power of Costa Rica, and is led by Judge Doris Arias Madrigal, President of the Criminal Cassation Chamber, with the co-participation of the Judicial School Rodrigo Lara Bonilla of Colombia and the Mediation and Conciliation Center of the Judicial Branch of the State of Mexico, within the framework of the Regional Mechanism for International Cooperation and Association Program, financed by the European Union and guided by the Technical Assistance "ADELANTE", signed in February 2017.

The training will be held in San José and Heredia, and will be developed under the methodology of lectures, observation visits, feedback circles and conclusions rapporteurs.

During that week, the judicial delegations will know relevant aspects about the execution of the project, the methodology and courses of the Judicial School, the Drug Treatment programs under Judicial Supervision, contraventions approaches in Houses of Justice, presentation of the experience of the program with indigenous people and crimes of gender violence; as well as observation visits in the Office of Restorative Justice in Pavas and the Zurquí Youth Training Center; among other.

Each participant will have the necessary instruments to complete as the activities unfold and will have a space to formulate a unified work instrument for each country.