Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Justice Forum participates in AIDEF Ordinary Meeting and visits the Supreme Court of Paraguay

August 11st, 2015

Justice Forum was present at the Regular Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Inter-American Association of Public Defenders - AIDEF, with the purpose of formally presenting and discussing the scope and guidelines of the FJ 2015 Seminars project, with special emphasis on the Public Defender's Office in space. Latin American - Seminar “Latin American Judicial Policy from a Public Defender's Perspective”, scheduled for 07 and 08 May 2015, in Rio de Janeiro.

During the presentation, the Forum's intention was to stimulate the debate around the judicial policy and the democratic functionality of the justice system, taking on the history and the Ibero-Latin American context and, in this sense, to develop strategies and proposals that point out for an integrative justice model, as raised in the Declaration of the 100 Brasilia Rules for Access to Justice for Vulnerable People. Thus, the strengthening, creation and design of rights support structures that ensure such functionality is important.

It was also presented the Forum Justice Latin American WG Ibero as a space dedicated to the study, data collection and analysis on judicial policy and democracy in the region, designed to discuss ways to intersect agendas coming from networks and entities involved with the theme. Observing the policy emanating from the Ibero-American Judicial Summit, the production of the academic sector and the accumulation of social organizations and movements in Latin America and its impact on the justice system has been its program.

After the presentation, debate and reception by those present, a new round of exhibition was scheduled at Annual and Extraordinary Sessions of the MERCOSUR Public Defender's Block - BLODEPM, on 4 November, in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Justice Forum then attended a working meeting with Min. Alicia Pucheta, Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Paraguay. The minister has been following discussions related to the 100 Rules of Brasilia, having actively participated in the Seminars “Analysis of the 100 Rules of Brasilia by Justice, Institutions of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile: Access to Justice of Individuals or Groups in a condition of vulnerability ”in 2009, Rio de Janeiro, and“ II Meeting Analysis of 100 Rules of Brasilia by the Justice System Institutions of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile: Access to Justice for People in Vulnerable Conditions - tribute to Professor Santos Pastor Prieto ”, celebrated in Buenos Aires in the year 2010, standing out as a partner of the Justice Forum. Following the proposal of the FJ 2015 Seminars, their analysis, comments and suggestions were requested.

Also present at the meeting were Min. Victor Nuñez Rodríguez, Minister of the Supreme Court responsible forHuman Rights Directorate of Judicial Power, and Min. Nuri Montiel Mallada, Minister of the Supreme Court, Director of the aforementioned Address / Locationand other members of the Supreme Court team responsible for document formulation and program implementation related to the 100 Rules of Brasilia. With the presentation of the work done so far by the Paraguayan Judiciary, among them the document “Indicators on the outcome of a fair justice of the Judiciary of the Republic of Paraguay.”Interesting similarity of objectives and strategies was perceived between the FJ 2015 Seminars project and the Court's perspectives. The issue of poverty was highlighted as an essential backdrop for the implementation of the 100 Rules of Brasilia, with attention to the fight against poverty in the debate about an integrative justice system.

The conversation also raised the possibility of the Justice Forum participating as an observer of the activities of the Plenary Assembly of the XVIII Edition of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit, to be held in 2016, Paraguay, which hosts the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Summit and the coordination. of AIDEF. This context is favorable to the deepening of recognition policies intertwined with those of redistribution in the region's justice systems.