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New York, July 25, 2017

Why is the US experience useful to Latin America? This is the question posed by the first version of the Justice Innovations Program, a joint initiative of JSCA and the Center for Court Innovation, CCI (, which began yesterday in New York.


The training program includes five days of classes and site visits to criminal and civil justice institutions, where participants will learn about the work that they do and will have the opportunity to speak with justice system stakeholders. The progress that has been made with North American models, which have been based on the use of oral procedures and litigation for many years, is meant to serve as an experience that can be adapted to Latin America. The process also may lead to the incorporation of new discussions and courses of action in the region that can strengthen reform processes.

Santiago, July 21, 2017.

As part of the annual professional internships program that the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) holds, the Center welcomes applications for a four-month internship focused on the third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL).

The ISJL was created in 2012 by a group of JSCA experts with the support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in order to obtain data on the offerings and quality of basic online judicial services provided by OAS member states. This methodological proposal and the creation of a ranking of the results by country have positioned the publication as a regional point of reference for the inclusion of minimum services and standards for them on websites associated with judicial offerings.

Santiago, July 12, 2017

Teams of law students from Concepción, Antofagasta, Temuco, Santiago, Talca and Valparaíso presented research proposals to compete in the second version of the National Procedure Law Seedbed Competition organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Universidad Diego Portales Law School in collaboration with Thomson Reuters.

The initiative- which is inspired by the International Procedure Law Seedbed Competition that the Colombian Procedure Law Institute holds annually- allows teams of eight to ten students from the same law school to present research on a topic and then choose one student to speak about it and defend it before a specialized jury. The topic proposed for this year’s version is “Superior Courts and Non-Criminal Procedure Reforms.”

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.



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