2016 - ISSN 0718-3593
EDITORIAL

We are pleased to present the second Nexus Newsletter of 2016, which describes the activities that were implemented during the second period of this year. The period included activities related to the project "Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America," which JSCA is developing with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). We began with a training program for Nicaraguan judges on oral hearing management skills and then moved on to JSCA's participation in a seminar in La Rioja, Argentina, where we presented the main aspects of the baseline study that will allow us to evaluate the state of civil justice in the province. JSCA team members also traveled to Lüneburg and Madrid to attend workshops to validate the methodologies of the studies of civil justice systems in Germany and Spain that the Center is developing in the context of this project.

JSCA Trains Nicaraguan Civil and Criminal Court Judges on Oral Hearing Management
A group of 82 judges and criminal and civil justice system operators received training from JSCA on management of oral hearings in both areas. The activity was conducted with the support of the Nicaraguan Judicial Branch Institute for Advanced Judicial Studies (IAEJ) and was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court's Civil Chamber, the Honorable Ileana Pérez, Supreme Court Civil Chamber justices Gerardo Arce and José Adán Guerra, the Vice Rector of IAEJ, Patricia Moreira, and JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano.

JSCA Organizes First Latin American Meeting on Criminal Analysis and Smart Prosecution in Buenos Aires
The inauguration of the First Latin American Meeting on Criminal Analysis and Smart Prosecution was held in Buenos Aires on June 10. The event, which was attended by the National Attorney General of Argentina, Alejandra Gils Carbó, was organized by JSCA, the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) and the Public Prosecutor's Office.


Brazilian Justice Operators take part in Training Program on Adversarial Criminal Justice System
Over 40 justice system operators from 11 Brazilian states took part in the training program "Tools for the Implementation of an Adversarial System in Brazil." The course, which was held in Santiago de Chile, was organized by JSCA with the Brazilian Institute for Procedural Law, IBRASPP; the Bahian Institute for Criminal Procedure Law, IBDPP; and the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences, IBCCRIM. The objective of the program was the review the regional experience in this area, particularly the Chilean process, which will allow the participants to learn about the implementation of an adversarial criminal justice system.


Second Version of Central American Certificate Program on Procedure Reform Has Two Host Countries
With the participation of students from Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the first on site phase of the second Central American Certificate Program on Criminal Procedure Reform was held in Guatemala. The initiative is organized by JSCA with Universidad de San Carlos, the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Sciences of Guatemala (ICCPG) and Universidad de Costa Rica. The addition of Universidad de Costa Rica as an organizer has allowed the initiative to have two host countries. The first on site stage of the program was held May 23-27 in Guatemala City and the second will be held November 28-December 2 in San José de Costa Rica.

JSCA Announces Baseline Study on Civil Justice in the Province of La Rioja
The main aspects of the baseline study for ascertaining the state of civil justice in La Rioja, Argentina, which JSCA will conduct during 2016 in that province, were presented on April 28 by JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño at the seminar "Challenges of Civil Justice in La Rioja: Issues of Operation and Access to Justice." The event was organized by Universidad Nacional de La Rioja (UNLaR) along with the international agency.

 

Fifth Version of the Argentine Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform Launched
The fifth version of the Argentine Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA offers with the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP), was launched on May 2 in the city of Rosario, Santa Fe Province.
The program, which aims to accompany the criminal justice reform process that began in Argentina in 2014 and to train criminal justice system stakeholders, was offered to over 49 students from 17 Argentine provinces. The first phase ran through May 5.

JSCA and GIZ Hold Workshop to Review Proposals Selected through Competition on the Right to Access to Justice
A workshop was held to review the proposals selected through the regional competition organized by JSCA and GIZ entitled "Contributions to the Construction of an Inter-American Regional Entity on the Right to Access to Justice." The workshop was held in April in Santiago de Chile and was inaugurated by JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano and the Director of the International Law and Access to Justice in Latin American Program (DIRAJus) of the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Helen Ahrens.

 

Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL) Presented at Canadian Meeting on Access to Justice
JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño presented the lecture "Future Directions on Access to Justice: Scaling Access to Leave No One Behind" on June 17th in Ottawa, Canada at a meeting organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Open Society.
The purpose of the activity was to present an IDRC report on economically sustainable legal service models and to reflect on how to increase access to justice in that area.

 

JSCA Participates in Discussion of Electronic Processing Law in Chile
JSCA Training Coordinator Leonel González took part in the seminar "The New Law on Electronic Processing: A Transcendental and Imminent Legal Shift." The activity was organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School Justice Reform Program.

Ibero-American Judicial Summit Invites Participants to Renew Judicial Language
One of the recommendations made by the XVIII Ibero-American Judicial Summit held in April in Asunción, Paraguay was that steps be taken to ensure that judicial sentences are expressed in clear and inclusive language that can be understood by justice system users. The conclusions adopted by the 23 countries in attendance reflected this recommendation, as did the plan for the work that will follow the meeting. This will lead to the publication of a Pan-Hispanic Legal Dictionary to be adapted to the countries of Latin America.

 

OAS Assembly Selects JSCA Board Members
The President of the JSCA Board of Directors, Douglass Cassel, attended the 46th Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly, which was held June 13-15 in Santo Domingo. During the meeting, Argentine judge Daniel Petrone was selected as a new member of the JSCA Board of Directors and Honduran attorney and Ambassador to the OAS Leonidas Rosa was elected to a second term. Both will be part of JSCA Board of Directors from January 1st until December 31th 2019.

Immersion Program on Chilean Justice System Held for Mendozan Justice System Operators
A group of 20 justice system operators including prosecutors, judges and academics from the province of Mendoza, Argentina took part in an immersion program in the Chilean justice system in Santiago de Chile. The program was held May 10-13.

JSCA Team Visits El Salvador
JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano, Training Coordinator Leonel González and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño visited the city of San Salvador during May to meet with criminal and civil justice system stakeholders.

JSCA Validates Methodologies for Studies of Civil Justice Systems in Germany and Spain
JSCA Training Coordinator Leonel González and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño visited the cities of Lüneburg and Madrid in order to hold validation workshops of the methodologies of the civil justice system studies of Germany and Spain that JSCA is conducting in the context of the project "Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America" with the support of Global Affairs Canada, GAC.

JSCA Director Participates in Seminar on Judicial Management in Colombia
At the invitation of Universidad Externado de Colombia, JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano took part in the forum "Judicial Management and Oral Procedure Models: Challenges of the Implementation of the General Procedure Code." The event, which was held on May 26th in Bogotá, was organized by the Colombian university.

JSCA Develops Activities Linked to Uruguay's Criminal Procedure Reform in Montevideo
JSCA recently developed activities focused on the analysis of Uruguay's criminal procedure reform, which was recently approved and will go into effect in 2017.

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