National 'Justice in Your Community' programme of Peru - winner Innovating Justice Award successful innovation award

National 'Justice in Your Community' programme of Peru - winner Innovating Justice Award successful innovation award 05 November 2012

Peruvian judges are donating their free time to community locations, sharing their legal knowledge and experience, providing educational, information and coordination. They prevent conflict and provide dispute resolution.

Because of the geographical diversity of Peru, the lower-court judges and justices of peace, who, due to their functions within the organisational structure of the Judiciary, work closer to the population, participate as promoters of the programme. They conduct the following activities: coordination with community organisations and community representation groups, receiving the information needs of citizens, generating activities that involve other volunteer judges of the programme, and fostering a closer inter-institutional interaction at the governmental and non-governmental level in the judicial districts where the programme operates. By doing this, the "Justice in Your Community" programme promotes the integration of institutional efforts to better serve the people.

Through “Justice in Your Community”, the Judiciary of Peru carries out tasks of conflict prevention, dissemination of information about democratic values, and promotion of fundamental rights and the mechanisms to protect these, in order to promote the access to justice of various population groups, particularly the most vulnerable such as women, children from the inner city, Quechua and Aymara speakers in the Peruvian Andes, and ethnic groups living on the banks of the Amazon river and other locations of the Peruvian Amazon. These activities enable the Peruvian Judiciary to service the diverse population of Peru, a pluricultural and geographically diverse country.

The National 'Justice in Your Community' programme of Peru was the winner of the 2012 Innovating Justice Awards Successful Innovation category held in The Hague on 2 November 2012.

Read about this original innovation on the Innovating Justice website.