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JSCA announces pre-selected papers for the “International Paper Competition on Evidentiary Activity in Oral Systems”

SANTIAGO, August 7, 2018.


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) has selected 15 papers for the first phase of the “International Paper Competition on Evidentiary Activity in Oral Systems.” A total of 63 papers were submitted (34 written by men and 29 by women) from 14 Latin American nations.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a paper and congratulate the authors whose works have been pre-selected for presentation.

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Retrospective Analysis and Current Challenges after Over a Decade of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile

Santiago, July 26, 201


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Supreme Court of Chile and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Chile organized a seminar to present the study “Challenges of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile: A Retrospective Analysis after Over a Decade.” The event was held Wednesday, July 25 in the Salon of Honor of the Santiago Courts of Justice.

The study was presented by JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano

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International Seminar on Trial by Jury in Mendoza

July 20, 201.


The government of Mendoza, Supreme Court of the Province of Mendoza, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) are organizing an international seminar entitled “Trial by Jury in Mendoza.” The event will be held Tuesday, August 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mendoza Judicial Branch, which is located at Av. España 480.

The inaugural ceremony will include addresses by Alfredo Cornejo, the Governor of Mendoza; Jorge Nanclares, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; José Valerio, President of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; JSCA Training Director Leonel González; and Senator Anabel Fernández Sagasti, who represents the Province of Mendoza.

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JSCA Announces Appointment of Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

Yesterday afternoon during the Fourth Plenary Session held in Washington, D.C., the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) elected two new members to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). They are Jenny Murphy of the United States and Patricia Pérez of Chile. The members-elect will serve from 2019 to 2021.


This election is particularly significant in the context of JSCA’s Gender Equity Policy, the most important institutional change to occur over the past few years. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano stated, “We at JSCA believe that in order to effectively, comprehensively and equitably fulfill our mission and goals, the gender perspective must be incorporated into the Center’s organizational culture and all of its institutional activity. This includes our staffing, processes, activities and the development of our research, projects and training programs.”


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JSCA presents third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL)

Santiago de Chile, May 30, 2018



The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) presents the third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL).



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JSCA publishes second volume of reflections on the need for criminal justice reform in Brazil

Santiago, April 24, 2018

The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions.

The book is an invitation to redefine the current system in order to move towards an adversarial and oral justice system.

The new publication is available online at https://bit.ly/2HVOLEt

JSCA presents the second volume in the series Challenging the Inquisition: Ideas and Proposals for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil. The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions. It brings together ideas from various criminal justice system stakeholders, contextualizing the situation of Brazil within Latin American justice systems and identifying steps that the country could take. Brazil is the only nation in the region that maintains an inquisitorial criminal justice system rather than an adversarial one. 

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Winners of Argentina’s National Quality of Justice award visit Chilean criminal justice system institutions

Santiago, April 11, 2018

A delegation of the winners of the National Quality of Justice Award given for the first time by Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will spend one week in Chile to take part in a visit organized by JSCA. The purpose of the exercise is for participants to learn about the work of the criminal justice system’s support agencies.

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 Pretrial Services Manual: Mechanisms for Rationalizing the Use of Protective Measures in Criminal Justice (Spanish language document) Online version y PDF version

The Protective Measures System in Chile. Analysis of its Operation between 2005 and 2010 (2011)

 Risk Evaluation and Monitoring Experiences in Chile (Spanish language document) (2010)

Pretrial Services: Functions and Experiences (2010) (Spanish language document)

Strategies for Rationalizing the Use of Pretrial Detention in Latin America: Mechanisms for Evaluating the Need for Protection (Spanish language document)(2011)

An Overview of Pretrial Services in the United States (Spanish language document)(2011)

Other Materials

 Seminar on Pretrial Services Experiences (Chile, April 2012)

 Seminar on Mechanisms for Rationalizing Protective Measures in Criminal Justice: Comparative Experiences (Costa Rica, December 2011)

 Seminar on International Pretrial Justice Services (Peru, April 2011)

Pretrial Services: Implementation - Manual - Ana Aguilar García and Javier Garrasco Solís, Criminal Procedure Justice Institute, AC (2011)

Protective Measures Programs: Experiences for Balancing the Presumption of Innocence and Public Safety,  Martin Schonteich y Denise Tomasini-Joshi,  - Open Society Institute (2010)

Cameron Brown, Toronto Bail Program (2011)

Ana Aguilar, Protective Measures for Adolescent Services, Morelos, Mexico (2011)

Miryam Bernal Palma, Protective Measures Pilot Project for Chile (2011)

 Allegheny County, Pretrial Services Department, Guide to Services (2009)

England & Wales: Guide to the National Standards for Bail Supervision and Support Schemes (2001)

Pretrial Justice Institute, Pretrial Services Program Implementation: A Starter Kit (2009)

Pretrial Justice Institute, Survey of Pretrial Services Programs (2009)

 Pretrial Justice Institute, State of the Science of Pretrial Release Recommendations and Supervision (2011)

Pretrial Justice Institute, Cynthia A. Mamalian, State of the Science of Pretrial Risk Assessment (2011)

Northern Ireland Office, Evaluation of the Bail Supervision and Support Scheme (2006)

National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, NAPSA Standards on Pretrial Release (2004)

ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Handbook of International Standards of Pretrial Detention Procedure (2010)

Marie VanNostrand, Ph.D. & Kenneth J. Rose, Pretrial Risk Assessment in Virginia (2009)







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