Supporting an Open and Transparent Judicial System in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s Judicial System is transforming its technological platform from a legacy or traditional data storage system to a modern digital environment, thanks to a US$1,345,000 donation from the U.S. Government to the Supreme Court of Justice. The upgrade will enable the courts to digitalize, store and share evidence and case files electronically and securely according to their needs. 

The IT systems will have 100 TB of digital storage, backup and disaster recovery capabilities.  In addition, the support includes services for equipment installation, configuration and training of the personnel who will be in charge. This effort is carried out by the United States Government, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), with the purpose of contributing towards the improvement of a fast, open and transparent judicial system in the country.  

The equipment granted by INL to the Supreme Court of Justice consists of a primary data storage array system, a backup system, server control, interconnection switches and replication server, and secondary systems for the control and management of hybrid cloud, servers, disaster recovery array and interconnection controls. The technological systems will be installed in the Network Access Technology Center, NAP del Caribe, located in Santo Domingo. The NAP serves as a repository for the equipment and data, safeguarding its integrity, and access to the information is only authorized by the SCJ’s personnel. 

The project, which begins in its first phase in Santo Domingo and then nationwide, includes a rigorous virtual training that will be carried out in a period of one to five days, by an official instructor and simultaneously delivered to 10 members of the IT court personnel. The training will include official certifications in the handling of the full range of servers included in the system.

Information on the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs 

The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to effectively counter international crime and the illegal use of narcotics and their impact on the United States and the Dominican Republic by assisting the country in international issues and promoting global cooperation in the prevention of these crimes.