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Complex Criminal Trial Panel: Processing Tough Cases

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica and the Los Angeles Superior Court conducted a two-day, virtual workshop on adjudicating complex cases on September 2 – 3, 2021. The training was conducted for 60 judges from the Jamaica Judiciary, including the Honorable Chief Justice Bryan Sykes. This training was led by a panel of distinguished judges from the Los Angeles Superior court and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Presentations focused on high profile and complex cases adjudicated by the Complex Criminal Trial Panel (9th Floor) which was created to adjudicate large scale criminal cases in Los Angeles. Additionally, the experts provided examples and scenarios of gang and other complex cases to discuss with participants. These examples were divided into three subject areas: prosecutorial and law enforcement perspective, security issues, and processing a gang case through the 9th Floor. The training concluded with a peer-to-peer discussion and question and answer session. NCSC hopes to provide this training to judges in other jurisdictions in the region.

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