Public Trust in Latin American Courts

Rebeca Rivas, University of Texas at El Paso


Public trust in governmental institutions is essential for maintaining democracies and legitimacy. Without public trust to support them, courts remain vulnerable to executive and legislative attempts to curb their behavior and risk non-compliance to their decisions. While courts in the United States enjoy relatively high levels of public confidence, courts in Latin American countries generally do not. This study aims to determine the level of trust in Latin American judiciaries and identify the factors that impact public trust in Latin American high courts.

Subject Area

Political science|Law|Latin American Studies

Recommended Citation

Rivas, Rebeca, "Public Trust in Latin American Courts" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28544108.