Church urges commitment to strengthen the judicial system.


SANTO DOMINGO.- The Dominican Episcopal Conference (CED) urged the Dominican people to commit to strengthening the judicial system based on honesty and respect for the law.

In its message entitled “Let’s be honest and practice justice,” issued on the 179th anniversary of Independence, the Church proposes to live the values of honesty and justice to be a nation where “compliance with the law and equality prevail social.” “It is achieved through fair and honest administration.

The prelates invite the Dominican people to assume a “social commitment aimed at strengthening our justice system,” whose purpose is to comply with the laws, denounce evils responsibly, be honest in public and private conduct, reject acts of corruption, and not use the medium. Influence judicial decision-making, and ensure that justice is equal for all, not give rise to impunity.


The Episcopate explains that to fulfill this commitment, the family, the educational system, political parties, the Executive Power, the Legislative Power, the Judiciary, the National Police, the media, especially social networks play an important role. . . , and religious entities, of which as “Catholic Church, which walks in the synodal spirit in the Dominican Republic, we commit ourselves to testify to institutional, personal, family and social honesty, living transparency.”

In this sense, he affirms that since the constitutional reform of 1994, important achievements have been obtained in the application of justice, such as “the development of a technological infrastructure aimed at guaranteeing and facilitating judicial service to people digitally.” promote alternative conflict resolution to relieve congestion in the courts and the renewal of the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the Judiciary.”

However, given the current reality of justice, he indicates that there are still “great challenges to achieve a judicial system that responds to the needs of all citizens; Dominican justice has to continue working to guarantee the protection of witnesses and victims, equality between the parties, the elimination of influence peddling in the administration of justice, and decentralization.”

He adds that it is necessary to speed up the processes and reduce their costs so that the poorest are not forced to serve longer sentences for economic reasons; in addition to having adequate personnel, continue to strengthen the Independence of the Public Ministry from judges, the depoliticization of justice, and make honesty and transparency their flag to follow.


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