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In recent years, numerous initiatives have been undertaken around the world for open government, access to information, and transparency, based on the fact that transparency and information make it possible to take better decisions. Latin America has been no exception, and a number of valuable initiatives have been developed in the region, particularly within the framework of the executive and legislative branches.
Nevertheless, Latin American judiciary branches continue to be among the least willing to implement such policies, generally because of their conservative tradition and the absence of any account-rendering culture. There has however been some progress towards openness and transparency.
This study focuses on the openness of judiciary branch data and its impact. It is grounded on the assumption that openness and transparency in the judiciary should be standard practices, as the judiciary provides a public service that affects people’s daily lives, and it must respond to society as well as the remaining branches of State.