Panama: Capacity Building Training for Juvenile Justice Actors

In September 2015, NCSC hosted a workshop on the application of the Special Regime of Criminal Responsibility for Adolescents in Santiago, Panama (RERPA).

The workshop, hosted in partnership with the government of Panama, addressed the principles, guarantees and fundamental rules of RERPA, relevant aspects of the juvenile criminal process, and the adequacy of RERPA under the new adversarial system of criminal justice in Panama.

The workshop was attended by judges and staff from the Criminal Juvenile Court, public prosecutors, police, and other stakeholders of the juvenile justice system in the provinces of Cocle, Herrera, Los Santos, Veraguas and Chiriqui.

The Juvenile Justice and Pre-Trial Detention program is a two year initiative funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and implemented by the National Center for State Courts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of juvenile justice and promote the use of alternative sanctions to increase justice sector efficiency.

For more information on the Juvenile Justice and Pre-Trial Detention program, please see