Monday, July 28, 2014

Courts report improvements in processing cases

El Salvador's judicial system faces multiple challenges, from overcrowded dockets, to corruption, to unqualified judges and failure to adhere to norms of procedure.   According to El Salvador's Supreme Judicial Court, at least some of those problems are being addressed.   The views of the Supreme Judicial Court were reported in Infosurhoy:
Judicial delay arises because of “some judges’ apathy in resolving some cases and, occasionally, because organized crime has infiltrated the courts,” said CSJ Chief Justice Florentín Meléndez. 
“Some courts have been infiltrated by corruption, and there are judges who work for the criminals,” Meléndez said in an event in February. 
Authorities are investigating these judges, as well as working to eliminate the bottlenecks in the court system, he added. 
“We have courts that are overwhelmed with hundreds of cases, while others have dozens of files,” Meléndez said. “This uneven distribution in the judicial branch is being dealt with progressively in order to fairly distribute the workload.”
Continuous improvements in the court system, along with upgrades in how crimes are investigated, charged and prosecuted, are needed if El Salvador is ever to become a country where victims of crime believe justice will be done.

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