The inspection of the judiciary of the Dominican Republic has identified as a priority a study on the vulnerability of judges in its judicial system.
Within the framework of the twinning project to Support the judiciary in the Dominican Republic, an activity has been carried out in order to carry out this study, which is considered a priority. This involves a wide-ranging study that includes career entry systems, forms of exit, irremovability, the scope of the disciplinary regime and performance evaluations and their consequences, among many other issues.
For a week, two experts from the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) of Spain worked with their Dominican counterparts in the field, which allowed for a direct connection with the members of the different departments of the governing body of the Dominican judiciary. The activity has allowed the European and Dominican team to become a single team that has enabled them to jointly analyse legislation and gain direct knowledge of the situation of judges in the Caribbean country.
In order to identify the vulnerabilities of judicial personnel, interviews have been conducted with newly appointed judges, court judges and transparency and information judges, as an observatory is being developed to provide the most valuable data, such as, for example, assessing the performance evaluation of judicial personnel, among others.
In addition, this activity has allowed contact with the Inclusive Justice Commission and to analyse the priority issues for an adequate gender approach. Issues such as the examination of the syllabus for competitive examinations have been dealt with, in order to verify whether matters relating to equality policies and the fight against gender violence have been introduced, prosecution with a gender perspective, or how to promote and develop policies that favour the promotion of women with merit and capacity in the appointment processes for positions in the judicial career and Supreme Court Magistrates.