Source: Judicial Branch of Costa Rica
Over the course of three days, participants in the "Workshop for the Exchange of Good Practices in Restorative Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence” learned about successful experiences in this field in countries such as Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.
They also had the opportunity to organise working groups, both in person and online, in order to address different topics and the actions carried out in the participating countries.
On the third day, presentations were given by representatives of the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay, the State of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Costa Rica on the enforcement of sentences and family matters.
The sentence enforcement judge of the First Judicial Circuit of Alajuela, Odilie Robles Escobar, gave a presentation on the "Implementation of the Restorative Justice Model in the sentence enforcement stage of Costa Rican criminal proceedings."
The groups had the opportunity to reflect on the different topics discussed, among which the following are worth noting: Costa Rica has a Law on Restorative Justice, as well as specialised restorative teams, applied at all stages of the criminal and juvenile criminal process. The judicial system has a training and outreach programme, and in the future it aims to incorporate an intercultural perspective and gender-sensitive approach.
In the State of Mexico, which applies Therapeutic Jurisprudence for matters of violence and addiction, a technical team is available to offer psychological support, and training is offered to representatives of Indigenous Peoples who wish to receive training through the School of Judicial Studies. They also aim to create a directorate in the field of restorative, criminal and correctional justice, as well as create community networks to strengthen social reintegration and encourage repairing the damage done. In turn, Paraguay has a Penal Enforcement Code and judges may specialise in juvenile justice. It also has a programme for non-custodial measures, and specific training knowledge is required.
The activity was held within the framework of the ADELANTE 2 Programme of the European Union, together with the Judicial Branches of Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay, in cooperation with the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which form part of the Partnership of the Triangular Cooperation Initiative "Training in Restorative Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence," in which the Judiciary of the Dominican Republic is a participating entity.