Transparency, Accountability and Access to Information
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DESCRIPTION

Access to public information is fundamental for the proper functioning and strengthening of the democratic system. Through a broad circulation of information, citizens can exercise their rights and ensure that there is adequate accountability in governments and control of corruption.

This is especially true for justice system institutions, which generally present specific characteristics that increase the importance of improving the way in which they relate to the public. Generally, the officials of the justice system agencies in the Americas are not elected through universal suffrage or do not have mechanisms for institutional generation that are adequately shared, which increases the risks of low commitment to the results and capture in management.

Respect for the right to access to information by judicial agencies serves to strengthen governance within judicial branches and the fight against corruption, which increases the standards required by the principle of the Rule of Law and respect for citizen guarantees.

OBJETIVOS

  • To compare the performance of different countries in the region in regard to access to information.
  • To generate an exchange of ideas in order to formulate recommendation and tools for analysis on the performance of the region’s judicial branches in terms of transparency, accountability, prevention, the fight against corruption, and judicial ethics.
  • To identify the obstacles that weaken or impede access to judicial information in the countries of the region.
  • To build tools that facilitate monitoring of the evolution of access to judicial information.

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