• Register

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.

Santiago, June 14, 2017

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency that is part of the inter-American system headquartered in Santiago de Chile, is now accepting applications for a six-month internship. The individuals selected will form part of a team that will conduct a study on the practice of Law in Latin America.

The study will be conducted in the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which JSCA is executing with the technical and financial support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Guatemala City, June 6, 2017

Criminal justice system stakeholders from Honduras, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala and Peru participated in the first on site phase of the Central American Certificate Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA organized in collaboration with Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Sciences of Guatemala (ICCGP) and Universidad de Costa Rica. Like the previous version, the program will be hosted by two entities in two different countries. The first on site phase was held June 5-9 in Guatemala City. The second will take place November 27-December 1 in San José, Costa Rica.

The inauguration of this third version featured the participation of USAC Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences Gustavo Bonilla, JSCA Academic Coordinator Leonel González and ICCGP President Elvyn Díaz.

Montevideo, May 25, 2017

The second round of the training program that JSCA is offering to Uruguayan judges, prosecutors, public defenders and police officials –the future stakeholders in the new criminal justice system- has been held in Montevideo, Uruguay. Sixty operators participated in a four-day program entitled “Strategies and Skills for Litigation in an Adversarial System.”


The activity was offered through a technical cooperation agreement between JSCA and Uruguay’s Interior Ministry, which was signed last February by Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi and JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano.


About JSCA

Work Areas


New Virtual Library


Press Contact

To receive information about our activities register here

Name Country E-mail
  • Register