Report on the Activity of the Judiciary in Paraguay during the COVID-19 Health Emergency

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Dr. Alberto Martínez Simón, reported during the Plenary Session in the last plenary session dated April 29, that 28,928 resolutions were issued – between final sentences and interlocutory orders – from March 12 to April 24, 2020, by all Courts and Tribunals of all the Judicial Circumscriptions, jurisdictions, and instances of the Judicial Power.

• Accounts, Contentious and Administrative Courts: 80 Resolutions

• Courts of Appeal: 1,346 Resolutions

• First Instance Courts: 16,186 Resolutions

• Justice of the Peace: 11,181 Resolutions

Bio-security equipment for doctors was donated to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The Judicial Power of Paraguay continues to work hard during the quarantine, scheduling a gradual and progressive return, in the ordinary Courts from May 4, at the stage of “Smart Quarantine”, provided by the National Government, the date may be anticipated or postponed according to the sanitary conditions of the country, duly communicated by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare.

The Vice-President, the Hon. Mercedes Balbuena, who temporarily holds the Presidency of the AMJRP, performs face-to-face work from her office, articulating strategies with all the female judge members throughout the country to minimize and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

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This blog post was prepared by IAWJ Board Member, Judge Jovita Rojas De Bortoletto. The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.