Guatemala, June 2012: Council of Central American Judiciaries Meeting
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On June 26 and 27, NCSC participated in the annual meeting of the Council of Central American Judiciaries. The Council is a deliberative body that serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices to advance justice systems across the region. The meeting included representatives from the highest courts of Central American countries as well as the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to improve the administration of justice systems and strengthen cooperation among Central American judiciaries. The meeting was led by the President of the Supreme Court of Guatemala, Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernandez, and featured remarks by Antonio Monserrat Quintana, representative of the Judicial Council of Spain, and representatives of the Central American Integration System (SICA), among others.

Participants discussed increasing concerns related to criminal justice and gender-based violence throughout the region and identified shared priorities for the future, including the improvement of judicial administration and the establishment of a regional training center.

NCSC Vice President, Jeffrey Apperson, presented on the role of NCSC as a non-governmental, non-profit organization in the United States, serving to promote court administration best practices and the standardization of judicial sector performance across the 50 states.

The Council President expressed her gratitude for NCSC’s participation in the event and for NCSC’s on-going commitment to cooperate in strengthening justice systems throughout the region.