The Full Hall of Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) approved the resolution by which the civil courts of the Judicial District of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas were designated to process at the national level the cases related to the Domain Forfeiture Organic Law in the first instance and in the second instance.
According to a press release from the TSJ, the Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Civil First Instance Courts with National Jurisdiction will hear the aforementioned cases in the first instance, while the Third, Ninth and Tenth Superior Courts will do so in the second instance. in Civil matters, with National Jurisdiction.
The assignment was made in accordance with the First Transitory Provision of the Organic Law on Asset Forfeiture, which establishes that the TSJ must create courts of First and Second Instance specialized in Asset Forfeiture, with national jurisdiction, within 60 days following the entry into force of said legal regulation.
Likewise, it establishes that until specialized courts are created, jurisdiction will correspond to the Civil Courts of First Instance and the Civil Superior Courts.
The resolution indicates that the coordination of the courts with competence in Asset Forfeiture matters is delegated to the Civil Cassation Chamber of the highest court.
In addition, the courts that have cases involving seized and recovered assets must report their relationship to the Recovered Assets Service within 30 business days.
The document refers to the fact that the Executive Directorate of the Magistracy will provide the Civil Rectory of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas with the necessary support for the optimal functioning of the specialized courts of first and second instance, in addition, the National School of the Magistracy will establish a training program permanent for judges and judges, as well as for the personnel that integrate these specialized courts
On April 28, the National Assembly issued the Organic Law on Asset Forfeiture, published in the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela No. 6.745 Extraordinary, in order to establish mechanisms that allow the identification, location and recovery of assets and patrimonial effects originated by illegal activities or destined to them, as well as the extinction of the rights and attributes related to the domain of the same in favor of the Republic, by means of a sentence, without consideration or compensation of any kind.