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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.

The initiative is being developed in the context of the multi-year project Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America, which JSCA is executing with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada. One of its key elements is technical assistance for supporting pilot programs that improve the performance of civil justice and eventually replicating the experience elsewhere in the region.

JSCA has studied justice systems in the Americas for nearly 20 years, and has observed that one of the main problems in the region is the fact that the legal changes promoted to reform systems have not always changed judicial operators’ practices or methodologies.

A 2005 study conducted by the Center showed that no reformed criminal courts had managed to create a system that would meet the needs of the new procedure model in areas such as hearing scheduling. JSCA has thus sought to contribute the idea that the design and implementation of a judicial reform does not only involve a regulatory change, but must also aspire to have a new management design for the development of hearings and decision-making processes as well as the installation of new practices and methodologies.

JSCA’s first task will be to develop an assessment of the current situation, including regulatory analysis, a review of relevant documents (manuals, prior institutional agreements, similar initiatives, etc.), meetings with key stakeholders, field work and other activities.

The Center will then design a new management model for the courts selected, including the development of the guiding principles of the new model and the roles to be distributed or created.

This will be followed by a training program for jurisdictional and administrative stakeholders from the courts that benefit from the project.

Last August, JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano signed a cooperation agreement with Peruvian Supreme Court Chief Justice Duberlí Reodríguez which will allow the pilot project to be implemented in Arequipa’s civil courts.







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