With CABEI support and for the benefit of more than 25,000 Guatemalans, new Peace Court facilities were inaugurated in Ipala, Chiquimula


The building integrates sustainable and accessibility features such as a water harvesting system, LED lighting, ramps for people with disabilities and a Braille system at the building's entrance.

Guatemala City, April 28th, 2023.- In order to favor the effective defense of the rights of more than 25,000 inhabitants of the Ipala municipality, Chiquimula department in Guatemala, and to contribute to the reduction of social inequalities, this Friday the Judicial Branch inaugurated the new Peace Court facilities, which were built and equipped with the support of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

The modern 305 square meter building has waiting rooms, a reception area, precinct, officers' room, courtroom, mediation room and civic center, as well as rainwater collection systems, wastewater treatment, and energy saving LED lighting. It also complies with accessibility standards such as special ramps for people with disabilities and a Braille system.

"The execution of this project is one more step towards strengthening the justice sector and will allow us to provide effective, agile, and timely judicial services to the people living in this municipality. As the Central American people's bank, we will continue to support our member countries in implementing projects that contribute to increasing competitiveness and guaranteeing the life and security of the most vulnerable population" said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

This new building is part of the Justice Sector Investment and Modernization Program funded by CABEI with US$300 million, 87% of which has been destined for the construction of new infrastructure, the replacement and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, as well as priority equipment to improve the well-being of Guatemalan citizens.

Other areas of impact that the Program foresees are scientific research, police efficiency, and the improvement of conditions in the Penitentiary System, for which 12,102 permanent jobs are expected to be generated in the five years during the initiative's execution, 13% of which are for women.