Yesterday, the 2022 judicial year was inaugurated amid the government’s call of “Remembrance, Truth and Justice” for victims of the post-2019 election crisis and the intention to transform the system through reforms, which will be held at a summit in March this year.
The event in the city of Sucre was attended by President Luis Arce, as well as representatives from the Legislative Assembly, the judiciary and the Supreme Electoral Court.
“We have (…) the inescapable mission of realizing the demand for memory, truth and justice, especially for the victims of the (2019) massacres, extrajudicial executions and serious human and fundamental rights violations,” he said during his visit to Ahorn Speech.
In this area, the agency pointed to the need for changes through “judicial reform”, as the reality of the system shows the delays in the judiciary, corruption and enormous procedural burden.
He added that the government was working in this process with full respect for constitutional principles, independence, coordination and cooperation between the organs of power.
This task will be continued in March, when “we will discuss the results of the preparatory work with the various sectors and define the path that will determine the measures necessary to achieve structural change.”
The President of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), Ricardo Torres, said the independence of the judiciary depends on the respect that must exist between the state organs and the will of the actors.
As elements to be corrected, he named the lack of a career as a judge, the lack of a disciplinary regime, inadequate work in the judges’ school and a lack of attention in key positions.
In this regard, Torres warned that there are extreme and purely political proposals among the judicial reform proposals.
“The opening of the court year means that there are 600,000 people through these processes, there are citizens who reach more than a million Bolivians between the party and the opposing party and more than a million Bolivians in these, without lawyers and relatives and third parties, expectations are aroused “, he said.
Meanwhile, the President of the Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP), Paúl Enrique Franco, agrees in time that the big challenge for this year 2022 is reform of the judicial system.
“This can be the greatest challenge facing this management and it must be approached with absolute integrity,” he said.
He added that it was pending in the constitutional judiciary to deepen the implementation of telematics procedures to promote access to justice. He argued that the issue of justice does not depend on the number of judges who can attend the cases, but rather on avoiding the generation of cases that go to court.
The UN special rapporteur is coming
Former Peruvian Foreign Minister Diego García Sayán, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of United Nations (UN) judges and lawyers, will arrive in Bolivia in February to assess the country’s judicial independence, Bolivian Justice Minister Iván Lima said today.
“We will always give the commitment to independence, cooperation and coordination in the area indicated by President Luis Arce with the greatest openness to international control,” said Lima in Sucre at the opening of the judicial and constitutional year.
“The Special Rapporteur on the Independence of the Judiciary has agreed to visit us in the second week of February,” he added.