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April 25, 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Mexico City Superior Court signed a cooperation agreement focused on introducing oral litigation and hearing management techniques for judges in the Federal District’s oral civil and commercial courts.

JSCA’s nearly 20 years of experience has shown that reforms must be accompanied by significant efforts to introduce the practices required to support the new model or system. One of the fundamental elements of truly successful reforms is the implementation of training programs for the professionals who will work in the new system.

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Universidad Diego Portales Law School (UDP) have organized the National Procedure Law Seedbed Competition since 2016. The initiative allows undergraduate students from Chilean universities to analyze, critique and propose approaches to addressing the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

This year the fourth version of the competition, which was inspired by the International Seedbed Competition held by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute (ICDP), will focus on “The Justice System and the Gender Perspective.”


Santiago, April 17 2019.

Argentina is experiencing an important judicial reform movement that is manifested at the national and provincial levels and in the areas of criminal, civil, labor and family law. There are enormous challenges ahead, such as the implementation of the Federal Criminal Procedure Code approved in 2014 and the development of a new national Civil and Commercial Procedure Code. 

Argentina’s provinces continue to be leaders in the reform processes, having introduced adversarial criminal procedure systems throughout most of the country. They also have implemented the use of civil oral procedures through pilot projects (many of them conducted with the support of the National Ministry of Justice and Human Rights) or provincial procedure reforms, as is the case in Mendoza.

April 10 2019

The Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Jaime Arellano, presented the entity’s annual report to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) at the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Superior Court of the Argentinean province of La Pampa signed a general collaboration agreement and a specific collaboration agreement with JSCA to implement a Civil Judicial Office in the city of Santa Rosa. The entity will provide support to five commercial and civil courts.

This pilot will be financed through the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which JSCA is executing for Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Global Affairs Canada.


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