Judicial System

The administration of justice is an essential pillar of a democratic state, and it is fundamental for citizens to assert their rights.

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Judicial System

We contribute knowledge and conduct advocacy in the design and application of public policies related to the judicial system and the protection of Constitutional and legal rights.

We produce qualitative and quantitative research about access to justice, criminal justice and prison policies, reforms to the justice system and police activities. We pay particular attention to the protection of populations that are vulnerable because of their gender, race, socio-economic status or geographic location.

Research & Publications

Territorial Justice System for Peace

This book is part of the collection Documents for Peacebuilding in which Dejusticia presents ideas to face the complex challenge of building a stable and lasting peace in the post-agreement period. This specific document addresses the need to strengthen the national judicial system in an articulated manner and with an emphasis on rural areas and on overcoming the armed justice that operates in many places.

Effective Criminal Defense in Latin America

This book analyzes the national and regional standards related to effective criminal defense. It is the result of a joint research project conducted with different organizations including Dejusticia.

Multi-Door Courthouses: A Good Idea Badly Managed

This research project aims to do a diagnostic about the National Program on Multi-Door Courthoses and make some public policy recommendations that could magnify their virtues and improve access to justice.

Litigation

Interventions in lawsuits against four aspects of the New Police Code

Dejusticia carried out citizen interventions regarding the constitutionality of Police Code articles that establish police measures for several categories of persons and activities.

Dejusticia Files Suit to Protect the Right to Privacy Under the New Police Code in Colombia

Dejusticia filed a lawsuit before the Constitutional Court, arguing that several articles of Colombian Law 1801 of 2016 (Police Code) violate the right to privacy.

Dejusticia intervenes in lawsuit against Police Code in articles that regulate the right to protest

Congress acted unconstitutionally when it issued the new police code because it attempted to regulate social protest through the wrong legislative channels.

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Columns &
Blogs

Sentences for drug traffickers from South America’s Pacific

The harshest sentences are served by transporters who, in most cases, are dispensable actors in the value chain of narco-trafficking, and who are committing the crimes because of the marginalized and impoverished conditions in which they live.

The Sierra, Displaced

I thought about their story, the people and the situations they must have faced. I honored that by feeling the strength of the land and that the stone had witnessed the same. –Tiokasin, Lakota leader

Prisons: What Force Can’t Do

“Heavy-handed” policies on crime in many countries in the Americas have not only brought prisons to crises around the continent, but have also failed to reduce crime and recidivism. A more humane penitentiary system, not one of terror, seems to be the solution that our continent needs.

Project Highlights

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The Civil Society Follow-Up Commission Regarding Sentence T-399 (2013) is a body in which people and organizations participate to follow up holistically on the “Unconstitutional State of Things” as determined by the Constitutional Court with regard to prisons and jails. This Commission presented its second report to the Constitutional Court in January, 2017.

The report refers to prison overcrowding, to impacts on health and personal integrity as well as to situations that especially affect women and the LGBT population who are deprived of liberty.

The Commission calls for effective guarantees of the rights of the population deprived of liberty, and requests the implementation of thoughtful and coherent criminal policies, rather than populist and reactive policies.

Read more or download the full report (in Spanish).

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Dejusticia has carried out research on the Police, made public policy recommendations and critically analyzed the new Police Code. Our analysis has led to the filing of unconstitutionality claims and interventions before the Constitutional Court.

In addition to research and litigation, we have written articles and op-eds on the Police Code.

For more information on our work related to the Police Code, click here

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