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

The Justice Forum is an open space for social movements, civil society organizations, academia and public officials in the justice system to collectively discuss judicial policy with redistribution and recognition of rights and popular participation, emphasizing justice as a public service. It is intended to stimulate the debate around judicial policy in Brazil, in view of the Latin American Iberian context.

It aims to collectively develop evaluations, strategies and proposals that advance the construction of an integrative model of justice, based on policies for the redistribution of resources and goods intertwined with the recognition of specificities, based on the incorporation of popular participation dynamics. Therefore, it is important to map the political-institutional actors from which the prevailing judicial policy emanates from the justice system and to analyze the functional position assumed by each one of them in the north and projects outlined in formal plans. In this sense, it is also necessary to identify the practical and conceptual tools capable of pointing out the internal gaps in the system through which channels for receiving social demands could be transited and widened.

These channels are indispensable for the development of democratic arrangements that propel the institutions that are part of the justice system to create support structures for rights and to expand processes of cooperation and integration, besides popular listening. Permanent and established according to innovative models of active participation, such channels would enable organized segments of the effective population to focus on the formulation of the design and related action programs for the institutions of that system.

It is possible to organize agendas in conjunction with social organizations and movements that resist and reflect on alternatives to face the known obstacles that this system poses and provide for the concretization of rights, whether they refer to policies of recognition and or redistribution. These channels should also promote intra and interinstitutional dialogue, facilitating the circularity of democratizing justice policies. Thus, it is intended to contribute to the constitution of a new texture in the judicial dynamic.

At present, the Forum is projected in different regions of the country, gathering dozens of subjects interested in discussing judicial policy and elaborating strategic actions for the democratization of the justice system. Therefore, the Forum Justice is a collective, open space, derived from free articulation that counts on advisory council and the support of supporters and collaborators, united by the same commitment to remove obstacles to democracy and consolidate judicial policy guided by the integrated redistribution to recognition, expanding the tools of popular participation. As a collective construction of space, it is based on a tripod: agents of the justice system (state), the academic sector and social organizations and movements. It is emphasized that the alliance with academic sectors is essential because it provides conceptual and methodological support to the critical analysis of factual situations and leads to theoretical reflections that enable the formation of a set of programmatic actions of various natures. In addition, it points to the need to invest more in the production of diagnoses and research related to the justice system.

The FJ articulation, besides being critical, is important to take a position in action, without giving up the theoretical reflection, since the dialogue with the academy makes up the tripod that sustains it. However, it surpasses common places in the debate reinforced by some academic sectors about the judicialization of social relations. The FJ goes beyond, focusing on the practices of the actors of the justice system, aiming to transform them, through popular participation, to the permeability of demands for redistribution and recognition with a view to the concretization of rights.

Rio de Janeiro, September 05 of 2014

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