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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

Despite the progress that justice reform processes have made in Latin America, several groups still seem to be limited by various obstacles. These include the high cost of judicial process to the parties, the lengthiness of the processes, the perception of corruption and in some cases the location of courts, which are usually found in central areas that are not convenient to some groups. As a result, a set of unsatisfied legal needs is generated in response to which traditional justice seems distant. In order to satisfy citizen justice needs, a series of mechanisms and initiatives have emerged so that the population can meet them in a simpler, faster and less costly manner. These issues of access are aggravated when citizens are at risk due to their age, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, disability or social class.

Based on these challenges, the countries in the region have followed a range of strategies in order to expand access to justice at the level of administration of traditional justice and informal or alternative mechanisms. These include special procedures for small claims cases and neighborhood justice, new sentence execution and debt recovery procedures, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, recognition of indigenous justice, the increasing use of new technologies to provide online judicial services, among others. These strategies should be explored as measures for facing barriers of access to justice and to contribute to a more efficient justice system.

We consider it necessary to observe all of these experiences from a broader perspective that goes beyond the classic vision that is exclusively focused on arbitration, mediation and conciliation. We have coined the term Alternative Mechanisms to Judicial Process (AMJP), which comes from the idea of being able to address all of the spaces in the traditional judicial process which are meant to provide more flexible justice that improves citizen access to justice.

In this context, most Latin American countries have developed a variety of innovative experiences that have had positive results but that seem to be limited when implementation problems emerge, which has stopped their consolidation as a focused public policy to provide access to justice for vulnerable groups. As a result, this line of work involves projects, studies and activities that are related to all of these strategies and mechanisms implemented in the region that are designed to expand access to justice.

 

Objetivos

    • To support the implementation of public policies in the area of access to justice in member countries.
  • To gather and organize information and analytically describe the AMJP principles and strategies followed by member countries.
  • To promote and disseminate discussion on AMJP in the region.

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