Envisioning Reform: Conceptual and Practical Obstacles to Improving Judicial Performance in Latin America
Judicial reform became an important part of the agenda for development in Latin America early in the 1980s, when countries in the region started the process of democratization. Connections began to be made between judicial performance and market-based growth, and development specialists turned their attention to “second generation” institutional reforms. Although considerable progress has been made already in strengthening the judiciary and its supporting infrastructure (police, prosecutors, public defense counsel, the private bar, law schools, and the like), much remains to be done.
Linn Hammergren’s book aims to turn the spotlight on the problems in the movement toward judicial reform in Latin America over the past two decades and to suggest ways to keep the movement on track toward achieving its multiple, though often conflicting, goals. After Part I’s overview of the reform movement’s history since the 1980s, Part II examines five approaches that have been taken to judicial reform, tracing their intellectual origins, historical and strategic development, the roles of local and international participants, and their relative success in producing positive change. Part III builds on this evaluation of the five partial approaches by offering a synthetic critique aimed at showing how to turn approaches into strategies, how to ensure they are based on experiential knowledge, and how to unite separate lines of action.
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Perhaps it is rampant crime and not slow debt collection that most deters investors. These issues will be revisited in subsequent chapters. The point for now is that the arguments about economic impacts behind the mdbs' and other ...
... routinely violating whatever rules existed on treatment of suspects and the collection of evidence. Where prosecutors and investigating judges bothered to gather their own evidence, they usually did “desk investigations,” relying ...
If they adopt the more consensual European variation (contradictory, but not adversarial), they can give each case its day in court, but it will be a short day because of a greater faith placed in the prosecutor's collection of the ...
A study of 1998 filings in Lima's trial and justice of the peace courts indicates that both had a much better record (time to resolution and percentage of cases disposed) in resolving debt collection cases despite the peace courts' not ...
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