National Conference on Armenia’s Draft Criminal Procedure Code
Yerevan, Armenia, April 2, 2012 — The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) office in Armenia (ABA CEELI) will host a national conference on Armenia’s draft Criminal Procedure Code on April 10th at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan.
Funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, ABA ROLI recently implemented its Detention Procedure Assessment Tool (DPAT) in Armenia to evaluate the country’s law and practice with respect to pre-trial detention and sentencing.
The DPAT found that detention continued to be “imposed far too frequently both at the pre-trial and dispositional stages.” Following the implementation of the assessment a working group was established to craft recommendations to strengthen the Criminal Procedure Code. The conference will discuss the working group’s recommendations.
The DPAT working group’s legislative recommendations focus on curbing the overuse of detention and on addressing other procedural rights issues in criminal justice. The recommendations are based on a CPC “Concept Paper,” research from other jurisdictions and the DPAT findings. ABA ROLI will host the conference to encourage an open discussion on the Criminal Procedure Code and to enrich the process of revising the code.
WHAT: A National Conference on Armenia’s Draft Criminal Procedure Code
WHO: The ABA Rule of Law Initiative Office in Armenia (ABA CEELI)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
WHERE: Marriott Hotel in Yerevan
1 Armirian St, Yerevan 0010, Armenia
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