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Course of investigation in the context of the Adversarial System in Panama

Panama, June 18, 2020. The Project to Consolidate the Adversarial Criminal Reform in Panama implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) inaugurated the first session of the course "Basic aspects of the investigation”, whose purpose is to provide an overview of the approach and methodology of investigation according to international standards of quality and good practice, in the context of the Adversarial System.

The groups are divided into three virtual classrooms. 27 officials of the Public Defense Service and 15 of the Victims' Defense Service of the Judicial Branch, as well as 17 officials of the Judicial Investigation Department and 16 of the Public Prosecutor's Office.
The course, which will run until July 25, consists of four modules: criminal news, registration and field interviews; investigation methodology; criminalistics applied to investigation and chain of custody; and orality and presentation in court.
Participants will learn about the basic aspects of the investigation, good practices, and ethics in this process; they will learn to use research tools to plan their cases; to use research to prepare investigative hypotheses; they will learn about the chain of custody and evidence management process and will establish the appropriate way to conduct interviews in court with the witnesses produced in the investigation, through the techniques of orality.