El Norte: Enfrentan reto en equipo: dan golpe a rezago judicial (English Translation)

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El Norte: Enfrentan reto en equipo: dan golpe a rezago judicial

Monterrey, México

January 31, 2018

By Gabriela Talavera

In order to resolve 415 family violence and shoplifting lawsuits that were backlogged, civil organizations and authorities, along with the Private Initiative resorted to teamwork and constant communication with the staff of the Accusatory Criminal Justice System

"In reality, the secret, the key ingredient, was to work as a team in a continuous and committed manner," said Jesús Herrera Casso, President of the Civic Council.

What was achieved, he added, was a greater integration of authorities such as the attorney general's office and the Judicial Branch, which worked together, but in a disconnected way.

Martín Carlos Sánchez, of Renace, explained that they formed two working groups, one to deal with cases of family violence and another to deal with cases of shoplifting, crimes which had a very low resolution rate.

Through weekly meetings between all the parties involved, agreements were reached to coordinate efforts, while relying on the technical assistance of organizations such as Projustica of USAID, and the Rapid Results Institute.

He pointed out that, "In the meetings, it was established what cases were to be worked on and what information was needed in order to complete the requirements to take the case to before a hearing.”

The participants, who are institutions such as the Attorney General's Office, the Judicial Branch, the Public Defender's Office, civil groups and representatives of the Private Initiative, agreed to all work as a team for 100 days.

During this period, 200 cases of family violence and 300 cases of shoplifting were to be resolved.

Finally, they exceeded their own expectations in the case of family violence, where 219 cases were resolved, and196 cases of shoplifting, which added up to a total of 415 cases.

Prosecutors worked to gather information and notify the parties, while the judiciary scheduled hearings during extended hours.

Sánchez pointed out, that before, actors such as the Judicial Power, the Public advocate, the Attorney General, and the police did not properly communicate with each other.

Due to the success of the project, on February 13 there would be a meeting to determine the necessary measures to continue the coordinated work.

Alejandro Ponce de León, from USAID, said that these actions prove that it is possible to be efficient and respect the due process.