10. On November 28, 2011 the President of the Court (hereinafter “the President”) issued an Order declaring admissible the request submitted by the alleged victims to have access to the Legal Assistance Fund and approved the financial assistance necessary for the presentation of a maximum of four statements. 11. On January 31, 2012 the President issued an Order in which he convened a public hearing to hear the statements of an alleged victim and an expert witness offered by the representatives, and a witness and an expert witness offered by the State, as well as the oral arguments of the parties and the observations of the Commission; ordered statements to be taken from three alleged victims, three witnesses and six expert witnesses rendered before a notary public (affidavit); made determinations regarding the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund; and set a date for the presentation of the final written arguments and final written observations.5 On February 27, 2012 the representatives submitted the statements ordered via affidavit, without these being authenticated or notarized. 12. On March 2, 2012, the public hearing was held, during the 94th Regular Period of Sessions of the Court6 13. On April 3, 2012 the Commission filed its final written observations, the representatives filed their final written arguments, together with the attachments, and the State submitted its final written arguments to the Court. On April 10, 2012 the Court received documents attached to the final written arguments of Venezuela. 14. On April 30, 2012, the Secretariat, following the instructions of the President, granted the Commission and the parties a period of time to present any observations deemed pertinent to the documents forwarded by the representatives and the State along with their final written arguments. On May 9, 2012 the Commission reported that it had no observations to make. On May 18, 2012 the State and the representatives submitted their observations. 15. On May 25, 2012 the Secretariat, following the instructions of the President, notified the State of the expenses incurred in application of the Legal Assistance Fund in this case7, granting a non-extendable period until June 26, 2012 to file any observations deemed pertinent. However, these were not submitted to the Court. 16. On July 5, 2012 the representatives once again presented, with the authenticated signature of the deponents and the seal of the Consulate of Costa Rica, the statements ordered in the first operative paragraph of the President’s Order of January 31, 2012, which had already been submitted on February 27, 2012 (supra para. 11). On July 6, 2012 the Secretariat informed the representatives that said documents would be brought to the attention of the President for the appropriate action. 5 Cf. Case of Castillo González et al. v. Venezuela. Order of the President of the Court of January 31, 2012. Available at: http://www.corteidh.or.cr/docs/asuntos/castillo_31_01_121.pdf 6 The following individuals appeared at the hearing: a) for the Inter-American Commission: Silvia Serrano Guzmán and Tatiana Gos, Advisers; b) for the representatives : Viviana Krsticevic, Anette Martínez of CEJIL, and Carlos Ayala Corao, José Gregorio Guarenas, and Alfredo Vázquez Loureda for the Vicariate and, c) for the State: Germán Saltrón Negrettri, Agent, Alejandro Méndez Mijares, an expert on criminal procedural matters and the Seventy-sixth National Prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General, and María Alejandra Díaz, lawyer. 7 Article 5 of the Rules of the Court on the Operation of the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund. 5

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