Costa Rica: Developing Litigation Skills

Between October and December 2015, NCSC hosted four workshops on oral litigation techniques in criminal matters for judges, prosecutors and public defenders from across the country. 

The three day workshops were held in the provinces of San Joaquin de Flores, San José, Perez Zeledón, and Limón, Guápiles. 

The training focused on the presentation of a case, the opening and closing stages of a criminal trial, effective techniques for direct examination and cross-examination, objection techniques, resolution, and oral verdict structuring. 

The workshops were conducted by M.Sc. Manuel Zamora Burgos, Dr. Ulises Morales Zúñiga, Alexander Rodriguez, and Judge Carlos Nuñez Nuñez. 

The Justice Sector Reform and Prosecutorial Capacity Building program is a 22-month initiative funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), to improve juvenile justice data collection, expand community support networks, and strengthen alternative sentencing, rehabilitation and vocational training services. For more information, please visit