Monday, September 24, 2001
Retired Judge Serving in Mexico Judicial Exchange Program
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Jaime Corral has been selected to serve in a newly created position with the National Center for State Courts.
Corral, who has been sitting on assignment since his retirement two years ago, is currently serving as chief of party for the Mexico Judicial Exchange Program in Mexico City.
Last week Corral began directing a Rule of Law Project designed to improve the Mexican justice system with a focus on judicial education and court administration.
The project looks to increase public confidence and improve the international image of the Mexican judiciary.
“I am extremely excited and feel deeply honored to have been selected to serve in this very important capacity,” Corral, a Mexican native, said in a statement. “I now have an opportunity to help in [Mexico’s] resolve to be a fully democratic society.”
Three years ago Corral, a 16-year judicial veteran, participated in a California Judicial Council judicial delegation to a Mexican judges conference.
In addition to his international judiciary work, Corral started the first Teen Court in Los Angeles County in 1993 and the program has spread to numerous schools in Los Angeles and other counties. He also headed a fund-raising campaign for a new library in Whittier, and he is the co-founder of a political involvement organization called the Mexican American Action Committee.
Corral has a one year commitment with the National Center, but court officials expect him to sit on assignment when he returns to the U.S.
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