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Colombia – Administration of Justice Program

The Administration of Justice Program supported the Government of Colombia’s efforts to create a fairer, more transparent and more effective criminal justice system. Checchi worked with key justice sector institutions to introduce oral trial procedures and other elements of the constitutionally-mandated adversarial system, improve public defense services, and expand a system of Justice Houses throughout the country. Among other activities, Checchi provided extensive training in the new adversarial system, assisted with the renovation of 28 courtrooms for oral trials, developed Public Defense Pilot Offices, and helped establish 23 new Justice Houses offering community dispute resolution, family law, and related services. The Program also included a grants component to strengthen the awareness and involvement of civil society in the reform initiatives.