U.S. Government Supports Mexican Judicial Reform Through Study Tour in Chile

opdat-2Mexico City, November 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) sponsored a study tour for a delegation of 23 Mexican legislators and legal aides to Santiago, Chile, for discussions on Chile’s experience in the implementation of an accusatorial justice system. Discussions specifically focused on the institutional design of Chile’s Office of the Attorney General, bail, and parole statutes. These discussions will inform the legislators as they go on to design the organizational structure of the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico, as well as other areas requiring additional legislation, such as alternative justice mechanisms. Participants, including PAN Senator Maria de Pilar Ortega, PRI Senator Arely Gomez, PRD Senator Angelica de la Pena Gomez, PRI Senator Maria Cristina Diaz Salazar, and 11 Deputies from the PAN, PRD, PRI, and Verde parties met with Chilean Supreme Court President, Sergio Munoz, who noted the enormous challenges of training and the role of the judiciary in the implementation of justice reform.