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July 4, 2017

The first phase of this training program was a week focused on skills for oral litigation in the new civil justice system that went into effect on April 18. The second, to be held this week, will address mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism. Both are being offered for civil judges in Nicaragua by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) with the support of the Commission for the Implementation of Civil Procedure Reform of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court, which is presided over by the Honorable Ileana Pérez, and the Institute for Advanced Judicial Studies, which is also part of the Supreme Court and is directed by Joaquín Talavera.

June 29, 2017.


JSCA will support the execution of a pilot project in Cochabamba for the implementation of a new judicial management and oral procedure model in civil court, family court and protective measures court in the Bolivian city. JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño traveled to Cochabamba June 28 and 29 in order to lay the groundwork for this effort. He met with judges from participating courts as well as Dr. Rudy Siles, the Chief Justice of the Cochabamba Court, and representatives of Fundación Construir and the Magistrate’s Council.



June 2017

The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) elected three members to the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) Board of Directors. They are Margarita de Hegedus of Uruguay, George Thomson of Canada, and Alexis Mera of Ecuador. The members-elect will join the Board on January 1, 2018.

The international agency has an executive team and a Board of Directors. The former is led by Chilean attorney Jaime Arellano and includes a staff of approximately 20 professionals from different nationalities who staff the Center. The Board of Directors is the corporate governance agency and is responsible for supervising the work of the executive team and approving plans of action, budgets and annual reports.

June 19, 2017

They are called Casas de Justicia, Casas Comunitarias, Tribunales Multipuertas, Centros Interinstitucionales de Justicia and Multi-Door Courthouses. These names allude to similar experiences from across the region that have been developed to different degrees in different places. The entities bring an array of justice services together in a single space, from information and legal advising to dispute management and resolution and court referrals.

Users can solve commercial disputes involving rentals and debts or inheritances, neighborhood issues such as noise and trash problems and even threats. The centers offer various resolution mechanisms ranging from formal justice (courts) to consensus-based approaches like mediation and conciliation in which the parties to the conflict seek out the most adequate solutions to their needs.

June 15, 2017

The challenges of a hearings-based justice system and its implications for stakeholders who are involved in Uruguay’s new criminal justice process will be addressed during a seminar to be held in Montevideo for attorneys, judges, public defenders, prosecutors and police officers on June 21 and 22. The meeting, entitled “Uruguay’s New Criminal Procedure Code,” is being organized by the Inter-Institutional Commission for the Implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code in Uruguay and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas.

The event, which will be held in the Mario Benedetti Room of the Antel Auditorium, will be inaugurated by Uruguay’s Prosecutor General Jorge Díaz, JSCA Board of Directors President and Uruguayan procedure specialist Santiago Pereira and representatives of the country’s Judicial Branch, public defender’s office and Ministry of the Interior.


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