Observatory of the Criminal Justice System

The Observatory of the Criminal Justice System is a mechanism for citizen participation that was carried out with the objective of strengthening and making more transparent the Judicial Branch, guaranteeing civil rights and criminal prosecution through direct scrutiny by society. This intersectoral initiative will be carried out through periodic reports and the analysis of judgments issued by the courts in the areas of: violence against women and femicide, organized crime, violation of the Arms and Ammunition Act, corruption and money laundering, and Crimes against freedom of expression. This innovation for citizen oversight will involve the participation of 40 students from the Faculties of Law of the San Carlos University and the Landivar University. In addition, it will have the technical support of a board of directors, in which the presidents of the Judiciary, the Supreme Court of Justice, the German Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG) will participate.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
Democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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