The judiciary reiterated on Thursday July 21, 2016 which is waiting for the 20 million dollars requested to complete the implementation of the accusatory penal system (SPA) throughout the country.
And the 2 of next September will take effect on SPA in the First Judicial District, which includes the provinces of Panama, Colon, Darien, Panama West, San Miguelito district and the indigenous regions.
Through a statement, the judiciary stressed that the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, has on different scenarios in the sense that the government would provide the necessary financial resources to complete the implementation of the SPA.
He also stressed that in this 2016 reiterated the «need» 20 million dollars in a meeting between the judges of the Supreme Court with the Minister of the Presidency, Dulcidio De la Guardia, Deputy Minister of Finance, Eyda Chinchilla Varela, as well as officials from the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Government, and the Comptroller General of the Republic.
In January, the presiding judge of the Court, Jose Ayu Prado, sent a letter to the head of the MEF in which he requested an additional credit for $ 30 million to address two initiatives: $ 10 million to implement Law 53 of 27 August 2015, which regulates the legal profession, and another $ 20 million for the SPA.
That note of Ayu Prado said that the projects are part of the strategic plan 2015-2019 of the Government of Panama, on the issue of governance and development «to a modern public sector management of Panama, in the area of justice and security.»
«The need for these 30 million dollars (20 million for the SPA and 10 million for the judicial career) was explained in 2015, the budget hearing before the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and then to the Budget Committee the National Assembly, «said the judiciary in its bulletin.
The judiciary’s budget for this year was cut by $ 138 million and $ 119 million remained. Initially, they had asked for $ 257 million.