Honduras, May 2012: Evidence Training to Strengthen Criminal Justice

In May 2012, NCSC’s Court Management Project in Honduras held a unique skills- building training for judges, prosecutors and public defenders on standards of evidence, highlighting the importance of evidence in the criminal justice process.

The training began with an overview of the standards of evidence in accordance with Honduran legal principles. Through highly participatory discussions and break-out groups, participants addressed key concepts of relevance,  admissibility, weighing evidence, hearsay and the exceptions to hearsay, and the use of expert testimony.  The training concluded with an analysis of the use of evidence through review of existing decisions of the Supreme Court of Honduras.

The Honorable Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, provided the training with the support of NCSC’s Project team in Honduras. NCSC is implementing the 18-month Court Management Program through the support of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, in partnership with the Federation of Non-Government Organizations of Honduras, (FOPRIDEH). The Project works closely with the judiciary of Honduras to introduce and adopt case management improvements and to enhance skills of justice sector actors to combat transnational crime.