Opening Access to Justice through ICT in the Americas

Since its creation in 1999, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) has played a primary role in supporting the judicial reform process undertaken by members of the Organization of American States (OAS). It has done so by providing judicial institutions (Judicial Branch, public prosecutors, public defenders, ministries of justice) with information necessary for the success of the reform. Since 2004, JSCA has been producing an online Access to Justice index, which is now in its fifth edition.

This grant will allow JSCA to identify good practices in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve access to information and justice for citizens, and to document these practices in order to inform and guide decision makers. This will involve expanding the Index to include indicators that reflect citizens' access to information and services, and designing a methodology that will facilitate compilation of the necessary data by the organizations involved. It is expected that the project will make it possible for JSCA to strengthen its aim of promoting transparency, citizen participation and access to public goods within the judicial systems of the region.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, April 30, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


20 months

IDRC Officer

Ceballos, Florencio

Total funding

CA$ 268,220


North and Central America, South America


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Cristián Riego


Justice Studies Centre of the Americas

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Institution Website