Nicaragua: Strengthening the Rule of Law

Between January and March 2017, NCSC hosted several training sessions for law students and entrepreneurs on Nicaragua’s new Civil Procedure and Family Law Codes. Both pieces of legislation have come into effect recently, and there is broad interest in the implications of the legislation among the business and legal communities.

Training sessions on the Civil Procedure Code included explanations of the new rules of evidence, pre-trial hearings, the use of alternative dispute resolution, audience preparation, and sentencing procedures. The Family Law Code training included a study of new rules governing alimony, divorce, civil union, and succession.

In response to high demand for training on these new laws, NCSC has developed a two-volume Rule of Law Manual covering the historical aspects of law in Nicaragua, alternative dispute resolution, and legal ethics as well as the Family Code, civil procedural legislation, and Access to Public Information legislation. NCSC is currently distributing 1,000 copies of the Manual to law schools and regional chambers of commerce around Nicaragua.

The training and the publication are organized by the Program to Strengthen Rule of Law in Nicaragua, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The Program is designed to mobilize future legal professionals, the private sector, and civil society to advance justice sector reform and the Rule of Law in Nicaragua.