[Featured Reource] Access to Justice in Latin America – Executive Summary

This month’s featured resource is the Executive Summary of the report Access to Justice in Latin America: Report on survey results about the situation regarding access to justice in the context of the pandemic, from the perspective of organizations and social activists.

*The executive report and full report are available in Spanish here.

:bulb: The resource was developed by the regional anchor ACIJ (@echegoyemberry2014 @SebastianPilo ), together with FIMA (@burdiles), Dejusticia, JSCA (OAS), DPLF, LABÁ - Direito , Espaço & Política, and the Legal Empowerment Network.

More than 40 organizations from 17 countries in the region participated in the survey that allowed this report, the majority of whom are Network members!

Almost every country in the region has suspended or limited the functions of the judiciary and, due to this, people do not have appropriate means to channel their conflicts and the lack of ​accessibility, affordability and availability ​of justice services deepens.

Therefore, there is an interest in producing information and diagnoses about the situation regarding access to justice in the context of the pandemic in the region, in order to influence the public policies being created and implemented, with special emphasis on vulnerable groups.

More about the Executive Summary of the report Access to Justice in Latin America: Report on survey results about the situation regarding access to justice in the context of the pandemic, from the perspective of organizations and social activists:

Even though judicial branches in Latin America have started modernization processes, they have not managed to result directly in a greater accessibility and affordability of justice services. This situation was evidenced in the context of the pandemic due to the suspension of almost all activities carried out face-to-face. The use of ICTs is an essential and innovative element to broaden the spread of information and accessibility 2​ and participation channels, as long as the digital gap​ is considered.

The current context shows the need to promote active policies from the states, so that the citizenship can access clear information, culturally adequate and reliable, about all the provisions created around the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, isolation compensatory measures, programs, subsidies, plans, state strategies and ways of exercising rights.

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