Defense model for accused persons detained in police units in Chile

Author / Authors: Patricia Goicoechea García
Publication date: 16/02/2021
The obligation to guarantee access to defense from the first hours of detention derives from international treaties to which the Chilean State is a party and from national regulations. However, there are still difficulties in its compliance. In order to reduce the gaps, technical assistance was provided from the European Union EUROsociAL + Program to the Chilean Public Defender’s Office. Technical assistance produced this document. It contains the proposal for the implementation of a Defense Model in police units based on shifts, so that every day of the year, 24 hours a day, there are a sufficient number of defenders available to cover the police stations and interview detainees, in the first hours of the deprivation of liberty. This requires the establishment of a direct communication system between the police, PDI and the defenders on duty, to assist each detained person.


Type edition: EUROsociAL+ Tools
Coordinator: EUROsociAL+
Language: Spanish
ISBMN/ISSN: 978-84-09-28981-3
Section: Policy documents
Series: Learning about social cohesion
Number: 57
Type of publication: EUROsociAL+ Tools
Area: Democratic governance policies
Keyword: Human Rights; Defense Model; accused persons; detainees; police; Public Criminal Defense; Chile; defenders
SDG: Peace, justice and strong institutions