ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF MARCH 16, 2012
CASE OF GARCÍA AND FAMILY v. GUATEMALA
The brief submitting the case, which was filed by the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter also “the Inter-American Commission” or
“the Commission”) before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the
Inter-American Court” or “the Court”) on February 9, 2011, whereby the Commission
offered two expert opinions, indicating their purpose, without identifying the experts.
The communication of February 14, 2011, whereby the Commission indicated
the names of the two expert witnesses and forwarded the list of annexes to its brief
submitting the case.
The communication of February 16, 2011, whereby the Inter-American
Commission forwarded the original of the brief submitting the case, its attachments
and the file of the case before the Commission.
The brief with pleadings, motions, and evidence (hereinafter “the pleadings and
motions brief) filed by the representatives of the presumed victims (hereinafter also
“the representatives”)1 on June 1, 2011, in which they offered two statements and an
expert opinion. In addition, the brief of June 3, 2011, with which they forwarded the
attachments to the pleadings and motions brief.
The note of the Secretariat of the Court of June 24, 2011, inter alia, on the
instructions of the President of the Court (hereinafter “the President”), the
representatives were advised that the time frame for submitting the curriculum vitae
of the proposed expert witness expired on June 26, 2011. In addition, the Secretariat’s
notes of July 8, 2011, placing on record that the representatives had not forwarded
the curriculum vitae or the contact information of the said expert witness.
The brief answering the submission of the case and with observations on the
pleadings and motions brief (hereinafter “answering brief”) presented by the Republic
of Guatemala (hereinafter also “the State” or “Guatemala”) on September 12, 2011,
whereby the State offered two expert opinions. In addition, the communication of
October 3, 2011, whereby the State submitted the curricula vitae of both experts. 2
The presumed victims appointed the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo Foundation (GAM) as their
In its answering brief, the State had indicated that it offered of two expert witnesses; however, in
subsequent communications, it indicated that one of those expert witnesses would appear as a witness.