TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Honduran Chief Justice Rolando Argueta announced that the country's entire justice system reduced its court backlog by 26.3%. The Supreme Court presented these findings in its biannual report.
"We are proud of the strides we have made toward closing all of the country's pending cases," said Argueta. "We will continue moving forward in our efforts to make our justice system fair for all Hondurans."
Court backlogs have historically plagued Honduras' justice system. The country's judicial branch approved a plan to remedy the issue last year, and has achieved significant progress.
The Supreme Court's report analyzed data from courts throughout the country. According to its figures, nearly 50,000 cases were resolved and eight trial courts now have no backlog at all.
Between August 2016 and April 2017 the courts resolved a total of 96,671 cases, which is impressive considering it received about 100,037 new cases during that period.
"I'd like to congratulate the judicial branch on this enormous step toward justice and social peace," said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. "We respect the separation of state powers, but are also pleased to celebrate the progress the entire government has made toward a new and better Honduras."
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SOURCE Republic of Honduras