Juan Carlos Campo advances the lines of the 2030 Justice Plan for the transformation of public service in the coming years

Its objectives are to consolidate the rights and guarantees of citizens, promote greater efficiency of public service and guarantee access to justice throughout the territory.

An ambitious program of measures with a time horizon of 10 years to transform the justice system into a true public service. The 2030 Justice Plan "aspires to banish the logic of incrementalism as the only axis of Justice policies," said the minister, to influence greater efficiency, articulating instruments of cooperation and coordination between institutions and eliminating overlaps.

The minister has announced that, immediately, he will open a round of consultations with all the actors involved to agree on the road map of the 2030 Justice Plan. This will include "measurable and adaptable" annual plans and will be addressed with analysis and diagnostic methodologies to Rational and proven decision making.

The Justice 2030 Plan is based on three strategic axes:

  • Access to Justice Consolidation of guarantees and rights
  • Promote the operational efficiency of the Justice public service
  • The digital transformation, increasing cohesion and territorial coordination

Access to Justice Consolidation of guarantees and rights

The Ministry of Justice will recover the conclusions that in 2011 issued the Commission for the Modernization of Legal Language created at the request of the Council of Ministers and chaired by the then Secretary of State for Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, to bring the language of justice professionals to the citizen. "You can only access a full Justice if you understand," said the minister, who has advanced that the Commission's report will add the recommendations of the CGPJ, the FGE and other actors.

Also, regarding rights and guarantees, Juan Carlos Campo has informed that his department is already working on the text of the future Organic Law of Defense Law, as he has transferred to the president of the General Council of Spanish Law, Victoria Ortega, to "meet a lawsuit of lawyers and develop a basic constitutional right".

Another measure will be the promotion of alternative dispute resolution services to help reduce the litigation of courts and tribunals. The idea is to articulate a parallel and complementary system to the jurisdiction that offers citizens another way to resolve their differences.

The Minister of Justice has also stressed the need to update the forms of investigation and criminal prosecution through the reform of the Criminal Procedure Law, whose preliminary project is committed to submit to the Council of Ministers for approval before the end of the year. The current norm, dating from 1882, is "overwhelmed by procedural reality" and must give way to a new regulation that advances towards a "modern, democratic and fully adapted to the constitutional principles" criminal procedure attributed by the direction of the investigation to the Fiscal Ministry.

Juan Carlos Campo has also pledged to continue strengthening the attention to crime victims, especially women who suffer sexist violence. Within the framework of State Pact against Gender Violence and of Istanbul Convention, the minister has announced the implementation of a 24-hour guard plan for forensic doctors in the territory of the Ministry of Justice and the revision of intervention protocols in cases of sexual violence.

The minister has also hoped that the processing of the Organic Law of Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents against Violence can be completed in this term. This is a joint Justice and Health initiative that sets protection measures for these vulnerable groups in situations of gender violence or sexual abuse, increasing the statute of limitations for these crimes.

Another measure will be the implementation of a subsidy program for non-governmental organizations that work with victims, so that civil society can benefit from what is collected by the Office of Asset Recovery and Management (ORGA) from criminal activities.

Promote the operational efficiency of the Justice public service

With the aim of moving towards a quality public service without undue delay, the 2030 Justice Plan will continue the modernization projects initiated by Minister Francisco Caamaño and which were interrupted in 2011. Among them, complete the implementation of the Judicial Office, consolidate the digital judicial file and integrate the different procedural management platforms to preserve the effectiveness of the system throughout the territory. Another milestone will be the development and implementation of the courts of instance.

The minister has also advanced that his department will work on the development of the mechanism known as 'witness or model judgment' for mass lawsuits in the civil and commercial fields, which will allow extending the effects of the sentences handed down by the courts beyond complaining people. It is about promoting extrajudicial conflict solutions in cases of claims for ground clauses or for airline delays, for example, and avoiding saturation of judicial bodies.

The digital transformation, increasing cohesion and territorial coordination

The minister will announce, within one month, the convening of the Sectorial Conference of Justice to address with the representatives of Justice of the different territories the great challenges that the public service has for the sake of a better organization and coordination of competence. Among these, the grouping of judicial parties with criteria of responsibility and guaranteeing greater accessibility and efficiency will be considered.

Another issue that the minister will transfer to the Sectorial Justice Conference will be the interoperability of the IT systems of the Justice sector that operate in the different territories. The objective is to overcome the current technological dispersion and launch joint projects for a better functioning of the Administration of Justice.

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