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JUSTICIA AL DÍA

BULLETIN 20
2016/

 

BULLETIN 19
2016/

 

BULLETIN 18
2016/

 

BULLETIN 17
2016/

 

BULLETIN 16
2016/

 

BULLETIN 15
2015/

 

BULLETIN 14
2015/

 

BULLETIN 13
2015/

 


Mobile Justice Brigades bring legal services to more than 1,000 people in rural areas
The AJA and the Diocese of Montelíbano conducted two mobile justice brigades in the department of Cordoba. The first was the fifth psycho-legal assistance and mobile justice brigade in the town of Juan José in the Southern Córdoba region. Service was provided to 450 people and ended with an exercise with the children that highlighted the importance of treating others respectfully as a fundamental element for a healthy coexistence in society.

Progress made on the coordination protocol between the formal justice system and the indigenous justice system with the Pijao community
There is often a lack of understanding within indigenous communities on the relationship between the State’s formal justice system and the specific rights and responsibilities of indigenous communities. Furthermore, processes on working within the two systems are not well defined. The Local Justice Committee (LJC) of Chaparral, Southern Tolima started work with the Pijao community to develop a protocol between the two justice systems.

BULLETIN 12
2015/

 



USAID continues supporting coordination between ordinary and indigenous justice systems. In both Southern Córdoba and Bajo Cauca Antioqueño, the AJA has facilitated better coordination between the two systems through various initiatives, including: 

Strengthening of the Local Justice Committees (LJCs) in Southern Córdoba: The AJA sponsored a four-day workshop in Montelíbano for state authorities and traditional authorities from the Embera Katio and Zenú indigenous communities. The goal of the workshop was to reach an agreement on regional inter jurisdictional coordination. 

BULLETIN 11
2015/






USAID’s Access to Justice Activity (AJA) held a training on the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) for 24 judicial workers in the municipality of Chaparral in Southern. This initiative is designed “to consolidate the Quality Management System in order to improve the management of judicial offices and judicial service and support centers” (Sectoral Development Plan of the Judicial Branch, 2011/14, page 87). This is the second QMS that USAID has implemented; the first has been in operation in Cartagena and El Carmen de Bolívar in the Department of Bolívar since February 2014. 

Bulletin 10
2014/

 

Peter Natiello, Director of USAID/Colombia, visited the San Onofre Justice House where he spoke with equity conciliators, victims of the conflict, and members of the Local Justice Committee (LJC). San Onofre is a municipality in the Montes de María region with a population of less than 55,000 inhabitants, 65%of whom are registered as victims of the armed conflict.

BULLETIN 9
2014/

 



On August 12, 2014, the USAID Access to Justice Activity presented a Virtual Legal Clinic 
(VLC) with a gender focus, including a website for women in Tumaco, Nariño. The website 
offers general information about gender-based violence (GBV) and women’s rights and 
will provide psychological and legal assistance to GBV victims who register on the site.


BULLETIN 8
2014/

 
The Local Justice Committee (LJC) of San Onofre, in Montes de María, recently identified various unmet legal needs in the region leading to the development of the first Thematic Mobile Justice House (TMJH). The TMJH, supported by the USAID Access to Justice Activity, visited the village of El Chicho to strengthen attention to and assistance for victims of armed conflict, including registration in the official Registry of Victims. This TMJH is the first of four that the LJC will conduct in this region—affected for many years by internal conflict. The remaining three TMJHs will take place from May to August, 2015.

Bulletin 7
2014/



The USAID Access to Justice Activity supports the National Gender Commission of the Judicial Branch (NGCJB) and its Sectional Gender Committees as part of its strategy to assist the State in expanding and improving access-to-justice mechanisms for, among others, victims of gender violence who have traditionally faced social and institutional obstacles in accessing their rights. This support is aimed at ensuring, protecting and promoting the rights of women in judicial and administrative proceedings.
 

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Bulletin 6
2014/

 
On February 6, the Ministry of Justice and Law, Alfonso Gómez Méndez, launched the new National Program of Local Justice Systems, supported by the USAID Access to Justice Activity (AJA), with the installation of the Local Justice Committee (LJC) of Chaparral in the Department of Tolima. The event was attended by the Governor of Tolima, Luis Carlos Delgado, community and indigenous organizations, and municipal and justice sector authorities from Rioblanco, Ataco, Planadas and Chaparral.
The Local Justice Systems (LJSs) are designed to strengthen the rule of law in the consolidation regions. They perform their work through Local Justice Committees (LJCs), which, among other things, define local justice strengthening plans and policies for providing comprehensive assistance and access to justice to the urban and rural communities in the region. The LJCs also coordinate the institutional efforts of members of the formal justice system (judges and prosecutors), the municipal administrative justice system (inspectors, human rights and family commissioners, etc.), the community justice system (justices of the peace and equity conciliators), and the traditional justice systems of the indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.





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