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CJA Meets with Japan Federation of Bar Associations

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

On April 4-7 the U.S.–Asia Law Institute of NYU Law School hosted a delegation from the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), who visited New York to learn more about the criminal justice, pretrial, and public defender systems in the U.S. and in New York.

The JFBA visited New York to learn more about criminal justice processing during the pretrial stage including:

  • Pretrial risk assessment and arraignment;         
  • The appointment process for criminal defense lawyers, and what criminal defense lawyers do — both before, during and after interrogation and the defendant's first court appearance;
  • How the system of public defense lawyers works in the US and in New York;
  • How plea bargaining works in the US and in New York.

Toward that end, the JFBA and the U.S.–Asia Law Institute thought that an understanding of the NY criminal justice system would be incomplete without learning about the work of CJA.  On April 6, 2017, at the Bronx Criminal Court, Former Director of Operations Peter Kiers, Regional Director Efrain Mejia, and Operations Manager Oscar Morales spoke about CJA’s contributions to the New York City criminal justice system that included the history of CJA and programs that operate under CJA, including the supervised release program. They also presented a detailed tutorial of the arraignment process and conducted mock interviews.

In June 2018, Japan will commence a limited form of plea bargaining following amendments to their country's Code of Criminal Procedure.

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