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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.
  • Click here to download the Gender Equality Policy. (Document in spanish)


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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{tab XII Meeting of the Board Directors}

 In Santiago, on December 16, 2005, the Board of Directors met in that city, with the participation of the titular Directors George M Thomson, Jaime Arellano, Lloyd Ellis, Douglass Cassel, Germán Garavano and the presence of the Elected Counselor Hebe Martinez, by virtue of Article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, it resolves:

1. To congratulate the Executive Director for the joint meeting organized in conjunction with the Editorial Committee on the 15th of the currents, thanking the attendance of its members and the voluntary contribution they make to the development of the institution.

2. To sanction the Resolutions of the XII Directing Council, held in Jamaica, dated June 16.

3. To congratulate Dr. Hebe Martinez and Dr. Carlos Eduardo Caputo for their recent appointment, within the framework of the XXXV General Assembly of the OAS, as Members of the JSCA Board of Directors and to welcome them.

4. To approve the Annual Activity Report presented by the Executive Director, congratulating him on his management, highlighting especially the presentation made by the Training Coordinator, Mauricio Duce, in relation to the Project "Strategies and Perspectives for Work in the Justice Sector" Criminal in Latin America ", concentrated on pilot experiences in the cities of Mar del Plata, Argentina and Cuenca, Ecuador, and the publication of the Second Report on Justice in the Americas (2004-2005) published by JSCA.

5. To provide that for the final approval of the 2005 Financial Report and the 2006 budget, the Executive Director sends to the Directors by e-mail information that complements their data disaggregated and allows a balanced budget for the next year, taking into account the resources that the institution. In compliance with the above, the Executive Director must send the information in the course of the week that elapses between December 19 and 23 and the Managing Directors pronounce on it before Friday, the 31st of the same month, of the current year.

6. The Board wishes to express that for the proper fulfillment of the objectives for which JSCA was conceived and for the institution to be viable over time, it is essential to have direct contributions from its member states that at least allow it to finance its expenses basic functions and the generation of regional public goods that have been entrusted to it. The foregoing does not prevent the institution from being able to and must obtain resources from other sources to carry out its plans and activities.
7. It is entrusted to the Directors Thomson, Cassel and Arellano, to carry out relevant procedures, which within their powers, facilitate the process of obtaining contributions from the Governments of the United States of America and Canada and the rest of the Directors. help, with their respective governments, in obtaining voluntary contributions.

8. Ratify the agreements signed by the Executive Director with the following bodies and institutions, namely:

- University of Florida.
- Council of the Judiciary of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
- Carolina Foundation of Argentina.
- Vice-Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bolivia.
- General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bolivia.
- Superior Court of Justice of the State of Zacatecas.
- Public Ministry of Peru.
- Government, Superior Court of Justice and Public Ministry of the Province of Córdoba, together with INECIP.

9. Discuss in the course of the first quarter of next year the date for holding an XIV Meeting of the Board of Directors, being a possibility to study that it takes place on the occasion of the VI Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), which is scheduled for April 24 to 26, 2006 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


XIII Meeting of the Board Directors

In Kingston, on June 20, 2005, the Board of Directors met in that city, with the participation of the titular Directors George M Thomson, Lloyd Ellis, Douglass Cassel and Germán Garavano, pursuant to article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, resolves:

1. To thank the presence of the members of CIDA and USAID, in the persons of Gérald Le Francois, Dennis Darby and Lynn Vega, and their illustrative explanations regarding the execution of the projects of their institutions with JSCA and the Region.

2. To express its gratitude for the effusive and warm reception and attention of Justice Lloyd Ellis, host of the Council in Jamaica, as well as with the collaboration of the Government of Jamaica in the organization of the meeting.

3. To sanction the Resolutions of the XI Directing Council, with two orthographic errata to the names of Fay Frances Armstrong and Douglass Cassel.

4. Approve the account of the Executive Director, congratulating him on his management. The achievements in projects supporting the improvement of criminal justice systems, particularly the one in execution in the city of Mar del Plata, the training program for trainers in criminal procedure reform and criminal prosecution, and the preparation of a new version of the Report on Justice in the Americas.

5. To approve the granting of a period of fifteen days in order for the Managing Directors to analyze the preliminary version of the Report on Justice in the Americas, with the purpose of making observations particularly with regard to data related to their countries.

6. Approve the Strategic Plan 2005 - 2009, coinciding in the presentation of the four matrices on which it is structured, namely: 1) Generation of knowledge and information; 2) Training in judicial reform; 3) Contact and dissemination of information and 4) Technical Assistance. In turn, the Board supports the strategic design for the financing of the Plan, in terms of the total amount of the budget, the diversification of funding sources and the consolidation of permanent contributions.

7. To authorize the Executive Director to conduct a first qualitative exercise on the state of justice in the Region, including the JSCA's assessment of the reform processes of the member countries of the Organization, in all areas of the Systems of Justice.

8. Advance in the way of generating a network of judicial schools that supports efforts to improve judicial training by bringing them closer to the reform processes and the actors that lead them. The idea, expressed by the Executive Direction, of giving schools tools and incentives for accreditation and self-evaluation of their operation is shared.

9. Rethink the initiative to conduct a global evaluation of the Center, with a view to its objectives and strategic purposes. This rethinking must take into account: 1) the real efficiency of this strategy to obtain new financial support; 2) the independence of the evaluator that allows adding value to the existing vision on JSCA in the Region and 3) the degree of knowledge and adequate approach with which the study must be carried out, taking into account the expertise of the tasks performed by the Center .

10. To approve the agreements that JSCA has signed with the Association of Magistrates and Judicial Officers of Córdoba, with the State of Puebla, and the addendum to the Agreement with the Province of Buenos Aires.

11. Schedule the next meeting of this Council for the month of December 2005, at the headquarters of JSCA in Santiago, Chile, together with the meeting of the Editorial Committee of the Judicial Systems Journal published by the Center, according to the same scheme developed. at the XI Council held in Santiago in December of last year. At first it was thought for days 8 and 9, but after confirming that day 8 is a holiday, it is proposed for days 15 and 16.

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