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JUDICIAL AFFAIRS

Entities say they are ready for criminal accusatory system

It will go into effect tomorrow.

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With the implementation of the criminal accusatory system set to go into effect tomorrow in the First Judicial District, various agencies being impacted by the change are reporting that they are more or less ready for it.

These agencies include the judiciary, the Attorney General's Office, the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences and the police.

At a meeting Wednesday, officials from these agencies noted that funds to deal with the new system have been scarce, but they are mostly ready for the change. This money is needed for the hiring of new staff and for training and equipment.

Superior Court of Appeals Judge Mauricio Marín said that 931 people have been hired to handle the extra work that is expected to be generated by the change. It has also created 70 new courtrooms to hold hearings needed by the new system.

Attorney General representative Rolando Rodríguez said that the agency's budget request for the new system was only partially funded (it received $10 million instead of the $15 million it requested), but the agency is ready for the change.

"I think we're ready. There will be some things done on the fly, and there are some budgetary shortcomings, but we will see if we need more," he said.

The office has hired 351 additional staff.

Police official Luis Vega said that 900 new officers will be on duty tomorrow and 500 more will be hired in the coming weeks. He said training programs for the new system are "99.9 percent complete."

Legal Medicine Institute Director Humberto Mas said his agency is scrambling as it was only granted $35 million of the $76 million it requested for the change.

The agency is expected to experience the greatest impact due to the change.

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