Argentina's judicial data

Sandra Elena

25 Apr 2017, 3 p.m.
Main Plenary (Sala Verde)

The government of Argentina’s Ministry of Justice have developed and are currently implementing the first Open Data portal for the justice sector in the country.

Launched in November, it currently holds 21 Ministry of Justice datasets. As Argentina is a federal country, the Ministry cooperates with more than 50 national and provincial justice institutions (courts, prosecutors and defense offices) to standardise judicial metrics and create quality datasets that will also be published on the Open Data portal.

During 2017, the Ministry will implement a strategy to strengthen the demand for data by hosting meetings with potential users, creating visualisations and training civil society in the use of open judicial data.

The Ministry also developed the first collaborative platform for judicial matters, Justice 2020, last year. This is an online platform, as well as an in-person collaborative space where civil society and the government can debate and participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of public justice policy. The program is organised in seven threads: institutional reform, criminal justice, civil justice, access to justice, human rights, judicial management and justice and community. Each one has different policy initiatives which after discussion will become priorities for the Ministry of Justice.

Participation is open to civil society and any person can be admitted to debate any topic. Each committee has two co-ordinators, one representing the government and one from civil society. During Justice 2020’s first year, there were 118 active debates, 18,358 people registered and 3,506 added contributions — an enormous success in view of the size of the country’s legal community.