Open Justice in Latin America?: An Assessment Framework for Judiciary Portals in 2015

Abstract

The new trend of information technology and communications has been adopted by court systems. A similar path follows other powers in the republics: executive branches with e-government portals and legislative branches with informative and participatory portals. Despite the fact that technology has reached the judiciary branch, we know very little about the changes, advantages or disadvantages of this adoption. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the use of technology, especially in the websites portals in the Latin America region. An assessment model, which has been developed by Sandoval and Gil-García (2015) and that has four components: information, interaction, integration and participation, has been implemented on a sample of 25 countries during the month of July, 2015. Findings reveal a great disparity among the different countries in the region.

Sandoval-Almazan, R. (2016) Open Justice in Latin America?: An Assessment Framework for Judiciary Portals in 2015. Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency, p. 232-253. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0717-8.ch012