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JSCA Executive Director presents 2017 Annual Report to OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs

Washington, March 28, 2018

  • In addition to congratulating JSCA for the work that it has developed in the region, the Committee agreed to hold another meeting in June with all of the missions in attendance to present and discuss specific issues addressed by the international agency in greater detail.
  • JSCA must replace two members of its Board of Directors at the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Executive Director invited member states to present female candidates at the next OAS General Assembly.


The Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Jaime Arellano, presented the Center’s Annual Report to the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) and invited OAS member states to present female candidates to the JSCA Board of Directors.

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Event addresses the challenges associated with strengthening Mendoza’s criminal justice system

Mendoza, March 23, 2018

JSCA and the province’s Judicial Branch held a seminar on March 22, 2018.

Oral procedures, horizontal judicial organization and strategic planning for the Public Prosecutor’s Office were the topics addressed at the international seminar Strengthening the Adversarial Criminal Justice System held yesterday in Mendoza, Argentina. The event was organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the province’s Judicial Branch.


The activity was held at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Law School and was attended by over 80 people who work on issues related to justice and who are interested in the province’s criminal procedure reform, which began in 1999. The focus on the program was a discussion of the key axes of a third generation adversarial system.

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JSCA to provide technical assistance for the installation of a judicial office in Arequipa’s civil courts

Lima, March 23, 2018


JSCA will support the implementation of a judicial office that will take on administrative functions in some of Arequipa’s civil courts. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano presented a plan to the Peruvian Supreme Court commission headed by Justice Francisco Távara.


Following the meeting, the timeline was agreed to so that a judicial office can be designed that will take on the administrative functions and hearing management of some of Arequipa’s civil courts. The meeting also included a discussion of the possibility of extending this pilot project to civil courts in Lima.

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JSCA provides technical support for Haiti’s criminal justice reform


Santiago, March 22, 2018

    • A Haitian Judicial Branch Superior Council (CSPJ) delegation visited Santiago de Chile to learn about the Chilean criminal justice system.
    • Participants met with representatives of the Judicial Branch, Judicial Branch Administrative Corporation, Police Investigations and the Public Defender’s Office as well as guarantee judges and oral trial court judges.


A delegation from Haiti’s Judicial Branch Superior Council led by its Vice President, Windèle Coq Thélot, visited Santiago de Chile this week to learn about the criminal justice system. The activity was part of the US Agency for International Development’s Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program, which supports the professionalization, independence and efficiency of Haitian justice.

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JSCA to Support Monitoring and Training of Civil Justice System Stakeholders in Nicaragua

Managua, March 14, 2018

JSCA will support the creation of a Civil Procedure Code (CPC) monitoring observatory in Nicaragua, which will celebrate the first anniversary of the code’s introduction in April. This and other actions were agreed to during the signing of a cooperation agreement between the international agency and the Supreme Court of Nicaragua.

The ceremony held yesterday in Managua was attended by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alba Luz Ramos; Supreme Court Civil Chamber President Ileana Pérez; Minister Rafael Solís; members of the Civil Procedure Code Implementation, Training and Monitoring Program; the Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, María Amanda Castellón; JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño; and judges from the Nicaraguan capital.

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Universidad Diego Portales and JSCA announce third Procedure Law Seedbed Competition

Santiago, March 13, 2018

  • The competition is open to law students from any school in Chile.
  • Registration for seedbeds is due on July 10, 2018.
  • The topic will be arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

The Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) Law School and Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) have been organizing the Procedure Law Seedbed Competition since 2016. The activity allows law students from Chilean universities to analyze, critique and propose approaches to the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms under the guidance of a professor. The third version of the competition, which is inspired by the International Seedbed Competition organized by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute, will focus on arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

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JSCA presents its Gender Equality Policy

 

  • JSCA is making a commitment and setting out a roadmap for the next four years in order to contribute to the promotion and construction of justice systems that allow for access to be provided without economic, racial, ethnic or gender differences.
    • The Gender Equality Policy was unanimously approved during last December’s meeting of the JSCA Board of Directors.
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Santiago, March 8, 2018


In honor of International Women’s Day, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) officially unveiled its Gender Equality Policy. The policy, which is the first institutional initiative of its kind, sets out a commitment and roadmap for the international agency for the next four years in this area. Through the design of the Gender Equality Policy, JSCA will contribute to the promotion and construction of justice systems that provide access to all without economic, racial, ethnic or gender differences.

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11 diciembre 2014

Con una exposición sobre los mecanismos alternativos al proceso judicial en la región, el director ejecutivo del Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas, CEJA, Jaime Arellano, participó en la Reunión Técnica de los Ministerios de Justicia en Cooperación Jurídica en Acceso a la Justicia, realizado el 10 y 11 de diciembre en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Esta reunión fue acordada en la IX Reunión de Ministros de Justicia u otros Ministros, Procuradores o Fiscales Generales de las Américas (REMJA), realizada en Ecuador el año 2012, con la finalidad de intercambiar información y experiencias en acceso a la justicia y de formular recomendaciones para fortalecer la cooperación jurídica hemisférica en este campo.

Jaime Arellano participó en el primer panel, denominado “Algunos desarrollos regionales y estudios y programas de la sociedad civil en acceso a la justicia”, con una visión práctica desde las políticas públicas, de los mecanismos alternativos al proceso judicial en la región. Junto a él, participaron en el panel la representante de Argentina ante la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM), María Julia Rodríguez; el representante de la Secretaría General de la COMJIB, Federico Ruiz, la Directora Ejecutiva de la Corporación Excelencia en la Justicia de Colombia, Gloria María Borrero Restrepo; y el representante del Instituto de Defensa Legal de Perú (IDL), Ernesto de la Jara.

El director ejecutivo de CEJA explicó cómo se ha avanzado en la región desde una primera ola de mecanismos alternativos a la solución de conflictos (MASC), que en general no se han convertido en políticas públicas sustentables para favorecer de forma sistemática el Acceso a la Justicia, a una segunda ola, de Mecanismos Alternativos al Proceso Judicial (MAPJ), con orientación de políticas públicas con mayor direccionamiento hacia el perfil del ciudadano (a) que demanda estos servicios.

Destacó Arellano que con el apoyo de la International Development Research Centre, IDRC, de Canadá, CEJA está desarrollando una investigación que permitirá generar y diseminar un conjunto de recomendaciones dirigidas a las instituciones, académicos y operadores del sistema de justicia, para mejorar la discusión, elaboración e implementación de políticas públicas relativas a los MAPJ.

Dicha investigación comenzó en el año 2013 y en su primera fase se elaboró un estudio de línea de base que permitió determinar la información disponible, lo que arrojó la cifra de 207 MAPJ en 19 países de América Latina y el Caribe; se recopilaron más de 130 materiales bibliográficos y académicos que componen un Centro de Documentación especializado en Mecanismos Alternativos al Proceso Judicial y Acceso a la Justicia; y se construyeron infografías que dan cuenta de manera didáctica la realidad de los MAPJ en la región . Toda esta información está disponible en el sitio www.cejamericas.org.

El siguiente paso del proyecto – en desarrollo- es la elaboración de 4 estudios de caso de experiencias en la región: el Programa Nacional de Casas de Justicia en Colombia, los Centros de Mediación del Organismo Judicial en Guatemala, las Casas de Justicia de Bolivia, y un estudio de la Mediación Civil Obligatoria en Argentina.

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