Prosecutors with the Utah Attorney General’s Office are helping their counterparts in Mexico become more effective litigators in criminal cases. Attorney General John Swallow and the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) Alliance Partnership are hosting 21 Mexican prosecutors in Salt Lake City this week for training on oral trial skills.
“Mexico is making historic reforms to its judicial system and both our countries will be safer if all prosecutors have the needed tools to protect victims and bring criminals to justice,” says Chief Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen.
This week prosecutors from the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, San Luis Potosi and Durango are working with U.S. state prosecutors from Utah, New Mexico and Maryland. The courses are also being streamed live to prosecutors in the Mexican cities of Piedras Negras, Sabinas, Toreon, San Pedro, Moclova and Saltillo.
Participants are hearing from seasoned prosecutors and then taking part in exercises involving making opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, making closing arguments and finally a mock trial.
This is the fifth training the Utah Attorney General’s Office has hosted for Mexican prosecutors. Attorney General Swallow helped kick-start the event by presenting opening remarks in Spanish. He recently went with the attorneys general from Nevada, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico to renew their support for this partnership with Mexico’s Federal Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.
The training is taking place at the Salt Lake City Sheraton at 150 West 500 South. Reporters can contact Paul Murphy to arrange interviews and witness the trial exercises.