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JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR present judicial management assessment and model for Cochabamba

Cochabamba, January 15, 2018


In an effort to present the judicial management assessment and model proposed by JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR for Cochabamba, a socialization workshop was held in that city today. The event was attended by over 40 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of justice sector organizations and judicial system operators.

The activity is part of the “Pilot Project for Modernizing Judicial Management and Promoting the Use of Oral Procedures in Six Cochabamba Courts,” which seeks to support the implementation of civil, criminal and family justice reforms in Bolivia through the proposal of a new management model. This proposal will allow for changes to the work processes to be tested. Said changes will take place on various levels: i) case processing, separating mere paperwork from procedures that require more in-depth analysis; ii) hearing management so that they are held or rescheduled in a timely manner; and iii) organizational, designing or redistributing tasks in order to achieve more efficient judicial management. In addition, there is a proposal to use electronic notifications.

 

 

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JSCA to Offer Internship for Study on the Practice of Law in Latin America

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency of the inter-American system headquartered in Santiago de Chile, welcomes applications for a pro bono internship to join the team that is conducting a study on the practice of law in Latin America.


The study is being developed in the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which JSCA is executing with the technical and financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

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JSCA Board of Directors Meets in Santiago and Appoints New Officials

Santiago, December 18, 2017

The XXXIV Meeting of the JSCA Board of Directors was held in Santiago de Chile on December 15. It was attended by Board members Santiago Pereira (President), Manuel Montecino (Vice President), Pedro Dallari, Douglass Cassel, George Thomson (via videoconference) and Daniel Petrone.

 

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JSCA Accepting Applications for Researcher for 2018

Santiago, December 7, 2017.

 

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency created by the inter-American system that supports justice system modernization processes in the region, is now accepting applications for the position of Researcher.

 

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Civil Justice Oral Procedure Activities Held in Argentina

November 30, 2017

As part of an effort to generate spaces for exchange and discussion, particularly among civil justice officials and judges, Universidad Torcuato di Tella (www.utdt.edu), the Argentine Procedure Law Association (https://aadproc.org.ar/ ) and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) launched the Civil Justice Oral Procedure Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The two-day activity is one of the results of the first version of the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform offered by JSCA in 2016. This initiative provides a formal space in which legal professionals involved with civil reform processes can come together once a year to share knowledge and tools in order to increase their ability to contribute to the development of reform in their countries.

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Brazilian Prosecutors from Goias Learn about Chile’s Criminal Justice System

Santiago, November 29

 

Over the course of this year, JSCA has developed a set of activities in Brazil that are meant to strengthen and deepen connections in order to promote and broaden the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that nation.



In order to learn more about the work of an adversarial criminal justice system from a practical perspective and based on Chile’s experience, professionals from the Goias state prosecution services participated in training program in Santiago de Chile. The three-day program was offered by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), which has developed a series of initiatives in Brazil in order to strengthen and deepen connections and promote and expand the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that country.

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II Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform ends with invitation to participants to promote changes in their home countries

Santiago, November 24, 2017


The second version of the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform offered by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) ended today. Participants were encouraged to design and propose activities that replicate the lessons learned in their home communities so that they can share the knowledge that they acquired. The international agency hopes to extend its network of knowledge through local activities so that changes to civil justice are promoted in countries throughout Latin America.

 

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Description

The criminal procedure reform represented a significant change in the personal protective measures system both in terms of its regulatory design and the move away from the idea of pretrial detention as the general rule or automatic consequence of the process. Under this new logic, reformed systems require material evidence regarding the existence of a crime and the participation of the accused in it in order for pretrial detention to be used. They also require a need for protection or a procedural danger worth protecting. The objective of the new criminal procedure systems is to guarantee the use of oral trial and its consequences. As such, pretrial detention was to have an exceptional characteristic that was proportional to the procedural risks of the specific case. The studies carried out as part of this line of work are focused on researching the situation in reformed countries prior to the implementation of the new system, the implementation process and its impact on pretrial detention, counter-reforms and relevant perspectives.

 

Objetives

  • To describe changes in the regulation of pretrial detention during the criminal procedure reform process;
  • To explore the real impact that the change in the procedural system has had on the use of pretrial detention;
  • To describe the developments that have taken place in the area of pretrial detention in the region based on empirical data;
  • To identify key aspects to be worked on in regard to pretrial detention in order to rationalize its use.

 

Participants

Comparative Study

  • Mauricio Duce, JSCA Programs Director and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Claudio Fuentes, JSCA staff attorney and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Cristian Riego, Executive Director of JSCA and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile

Bolivia

  •  Leticia Lorenzo, JSCA Research Director

Chile

  •  Mauricio Duce, JSCA Programs Director and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Cristian Riego, Executive Director of JSCA and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile

Colombia

  • Mildred Hartmann Arboleda. Colombian attorney with a law degree from Universidad del Rosario and a master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile. She co-wrote the Criminal Procedure Code bill that introduced the adversarial system in Colombia and subsequently served as Program Director at JSCA. She works as a consultant in Colombia for the Center, teaches at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and works as a litigator and researcher.
  • Wilson Alejandro Martínez Sánchez. Colombian attorney with a degree from the Case Law School at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Wilson specializes in Criminal Investigation (EGSAN). He has completed a course on Market Operations (CESA, INCOLDA, BVC) and a certificate program in Advanced Studies in Criminal Law and the Criminal Sciences (Universidad Pompeu Fabra and Universidad de Barcelona). He has been a scholarship recipient, instructor and Coordinator of the Criminal Law Area at the Case Law School at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

Ecuador

  • Diego Zalamea León. Ecuadorean, magíster in Criminology from Universidad del País Vasco. Director of the Witness Protection Program and National Criminal Policy Director for the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Author of various institutional management frameworks for the oral system. Consultant on World Bank, JSCA and USAID projects. Coordinator of the Association of University Law Schools.

Guatemala

  • Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Sciences of Guatemala
  •  Luis R. Ramírez García
  •  Oswaldo Samayoa (assistant)

Honduras

  • Erick Juárez, Leade researcher, law professor
  •  Oswaldo Samayoa (assistant)

Venezuela

  • Carmen Alguindigue, Professor, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas
  •  Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, Professor, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas

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