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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.

 

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.

The meeting was inaugurated by Minister of Government, Justice and Human Rights of La Rioja Province Claudio Saúl, who highlighted the dissatisfaction and historic distrust that citizens have experienced and manifested with respect to the justice system in the civil arena as one of the main concerns of the province’s government. He stated that he was therefore pleased with the meeting, which provided spaces for discussion of the steps that must be taken to meet these needs.

Marco Fandiño explained that the baseline study is part of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” a six-year initiative that JSCA is developing with the support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), a Canadian government agency. The purpose of the project is to increase access to more equitable and efficient civil justice in Latin America.

Fandiño offered a presentation on the current situation of civil justice in Latin America and the main problems observed. These include difficulties accessing justice, particularly in small claims cases, the privatization of justice through arbitration, and delays in case resolution. He then presented some of the aspects that the study will consider and that will elucidate the operation of civil justice in this province, including issues such as delays in the processing of cases, the caseload of civil courts, the performance of the civil and commercial procedure codes, and the state of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

The study will be coordinated by academic Francisco Verbi of Universidad Nacional de La Plata with the support of six researchers. The report, which is expected to be ready in the coming months, will allow for justice reform proposals to be developed and –if they are applied in the province- compared to the results generated by the initial study.

The seminar also was attended by the Prosecutor General of La Rioja, Hugo Montivero; the President of the La Rioja Bar Association, Martín Sotelo; and representatives of the province’s Public Defense Service, Pablo Cubillo and Martín Pueyrredon, who endorsed the study, for which they signed cooperation agreements with JSCA.