JSCA’s three key goals are:
- To undertake in-depth studies of justice systems and develop innovative approaches to the discussion of judicial reforms.
JSCA promotes research activities aimed at enriching the legal approach that is traditionally used to address justice reform issues through the incorporation of public policy instruments.
- To promote cooperation and the exchange of experiences among key justice system stakeholders at the regional level.
One of JSCA’s missions is to facilitate and promote communication between public institutions and civil society organizations in the field of judicial reform in order to facilitate the creation of an active regional community that is interested in issues of justice with solid connections between the various members.
The Center actively participates in and collaborates with existing networks and organizations in the region, including:
- Latin American Network of Public Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Analysis Directors
- National Institute of Judicial Offices of Latin America
- JSCA Criminal Justice Training Program Alumni Network
- JSCA Civil Justice Training Program Alumni Network
- The Alumni Network for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil
- International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT)
- Consortium of Mexican Universities for Legal Research
JSCA has developed an array of training activities for judicial sector professionals:
- Training workshops for judicial system operators
- Justice reform workshops
- Internship programs
- Virtual fora
- Technical assistance programs
- Support for local training systems
- To generate and disseminate tools that improve the quality of the information available about justice in the Americas.
JSCA aims to serve as a stable and active channel for generating, gathering and disseminating information, legislation and basic statistics on the operation of the judicial systems of each country in the region in a simple and low-cost manner. To this end, the Center uses the many advantages that digital communication offers.
JSCA has introduced the following services in order to meet this goal:
- Monthly newsletter
- Judicial Systems Journal
Its main areas of interest are:
- Criminal justice reform
- Civil justice reform
- Judicial government
- Institutional management
- Access to justice
- Collaborative dispute resolution methods
- At-risk groups
- Gender and justice
- Transparency and information and communications technologies
- Advising and consulting services to countries of the Americas and justice system entities for the design, implementation and monitoring of justice reforms
- In situ and virtual training programs
- A Virtual Library that can be accessed free of charge. The library contains specialized publications on justice reform, judicial management, access to justice, alternatives to judicial proceedings, information technologies and transparency, and other topics.
- Specialized documentation in various formats (texts, podcasts, webinars)
- Pro bono internships at JSCA’s headquarters