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Política criminal

versión On-line ISSN 0718-3399

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DUCE J, Mauricio. RIGHT TO CONFRONT WITNESSES AND USE OF STATEMENTS MADE IN A PREVIOUSLY ANNULLED TRIAL. Polít. crim. [online]. 2014, vol.9, n.17, pp.118-146. ISSN 0718-3399.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-33992014000100004.

The goal of this paper is to make a contribution for scholarly knowledge and jurisprudential development of our country through the presentation of information and the elaboration of arguments to resolve a specific problem that has been highly debated before Chilean courts: the possibility to allow or to deny the defendant (or her lawyer) -according to article 332 of the Criminal Procedural Code- the use of statements made by witnesses and expert witnesses in a trial that was annulled in the new trial that is the consequence of the first one. I will argue that there are no good legal reasons nor of principles and values that inspire our adversarial system that justify an absolute prohibition to use these statements with the goal to confront those witnesses and expert witnesses with their prior inconsistent statements. To achieve this, the paper will propose a conceptual framework to understand the problem (right to confront witnesses and particularly right to cross-examine) and then will elaborate arguments in favor of this position and critically review the arguments against it.

Palabras clave : Right to confront witnesses; cross-examination; use of prior inconsistent statements.

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