Francisco Domínguez Brito

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Francisco Dominguez Brito
Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic.svg Attorney General of the Dominican Republic
Assumed office
August 16, 2012
Attorney General of the Dominican Republic
In office
August 16, 2004 – August 16, 2006
Preceded by Víctor Céspedes Martínez
Succeeded by Radhamés Jiménez Peña
District Attorney of Santo Domingo
In office
October, 1997 – August 16, 2000
Preceded by Guillermo Moreno
Succeeded by Máximo Aristy Caraballo
Personal details
Born (1965-10-28) October 28, 1965 (age 48)
Santiago de los Caballeros
Nationality Dominican
Political party Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)Dominican Liberation Party flag.svg
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Burgos
Alma mater Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Panthéon-Assas University
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Francisco Domínguez Brito (born Francisco Javier Tadeo Domínguez Brito; October 28, 1965) is the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (2006–2010). Politician and lawyer.

Early life[edit]

Francisco Javier Dominguez Brito is a Dominican politician and lawyer. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic on October 28 of 1965. Son of Mr. Rosario and Elsa Dominguez Pedro Dominguez Brito.


He did his primary education and basic La Salle College in Santiago. In 1988 he obtained a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). In 1991 he completed a Masters in Social Thought at the same university and a Master of Civil Law at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, France .

Political party affiliation[edit]

Francisco Dominguez Brito joined the LDP in 1984. Thus, began work party in 1984, running at that time a "PLD Working Committee, in what was the core of work 'Captain Maximo Cabral."

Once a full member of the PLD in 1988, took different roles in the grassroots committees to which it belonged until 1992 was elected member of the First Division Media, after the Political Committee approved the elevation of core work "Maximum Interim Committee Cabral."

After the 1994 election went to Paris, a post-graduate studies at Panthéon-Assas University. He organized a study circle and becomes the founder of the local branch of the PLD in France . In January 1995 he directed the Election Commission in Madrid, for the election of party leadership in Europe. On his return to the country in 1995 was elected a Fellow of the Mean and then Secretary General of the "Committee through Maximo Cabral." It was unanimously re-elected in 1997 as Secretary General. This period was also notable for being the founder of "Rosa Sosa Intermediate Committee." In 1998 he was appointed deputy secretary of the organization and was elected member of the Central Committee, a position he held until the present.

Private practice[edit]

In the private sector, has been legal adviser to the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic, a professor of "History of Political Ideas" in the Pontifice Universidad Catolica Madre Maestra(PUCMM), Executive Director of Institutional and Justice Foundation (FINJUS) and consultant to the School National Judicial regarding the Program to Implement the New Criminal Procedure Code, the Project for the Reform and Modernization of the State (Parma), which operates with funding from the European Union and Research Project implemented by Judicial Statistics the Justice Studies Center of The Americas (eyebrows) headquartered in Santiago de Chile, among others.

In addition, he is also a Notary Public of a number of jurisdictions in Santiago, a member of the Bar Association of Santiago and the Bar Association of the Dominican Republic.

Public service[edit]

Francisco Domínguez Brito has held important public positions in the Dominican Republic:

District Attorney of Santo Domingo (1997-2000)[edit]

On 23 September 1997, through Presidential Decree 404-97 the President of the Republic Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna appointed Mr. Francisco Dominguez Brito as the National District Prosecutor of the Dominican Republic to supersede, Dr. Guillermo Moreno Garcia . [1]

Convictions profile cases. Among the important convictions obtained during his tenure significantly highlight those against military personnel accused of the murder of renowned Dominican journalist Orlando Martinez Howley, happened in 1975 during the authoritarian government of Joaquin Balaguer, and that for the two young teenager accused of killing Jose Rafael Llenas Aybar in 1996.

Organizational change. In the District Attorney's Office, Dominguez Brito promoted deep and far-reaching reforms both in terms of organization and in the direction of the criminal investigation in order to make the institution a modern institution, agile, clear and transparent procedures. In his period of management was created administrative unit responsible for receiving and managing files, assisting and informing the public, through it is to simplify and automate all processes. He began the takeover of the courts at random through a computerized drawing, which broke with a tradition of manual and non-transparent methodologies. He started a database and an effective control of detainees through a systematic procedure for the registration and identification of them by making the capture of biometric data from the time they entered the justice system. To standardize processes and measure performance, developed a manual of functions and procedures of all departments.

Institutional change. At the structural level, have been revamped departments existed. Deputy Prosecutors were attached at various police stations (stations or detachments) and the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD). In this way the Public Miniterio assumed control of investigations from the moment they were known to the offense, generating an immediate and coordinated response. It also created and endowed with skilled teams and the Department of Internal Affairs and Special Investigations, which were commissioned deputy prosecutors to prosecute any official who saw committed in office. Similarly created the Department of Family and Children with deputy prosecutors whose mission was to ensure the protection of children and women victims of domestic abuse. On the other hand, was created on July 14, 1998, the Intellectual Property Department to investigate and empower the courts in this matter.

Finally, under the direction of Dominguez Brito, the National District Attorney's Office gave priority to a comprehensive program of alternative dispute resolution. Efforts were made to this program conciliation between the parties in cases where the public interest and public safety is not compromised had settled, thus putting an end to conflict through agreement, thus preventing it from entering the judicial system a free number of minor cases.

Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (2004-2006, 2012-Current)[edit]

On 16 August 2004, through Presidential Decree 861-04 the President of the Republic Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna appointed Mr. Francisco Dominguez Brito as Attorney General of the Republic. Upon taking office stated that its management would be based on commitment to honor the sacred truth, respect for due process and ensure the constitutionally protected rights for all Dominicans.

The institutional challenge. Upon taking office as Attorney General, he developed a strategic plan that began with the analysis of the challenges presented to the Public Prosecution the New Code of Criminal Procedure (adopted two years earlier), the implementation of the Statute of Public Prosecutions (approved a year earlier) and their interrelationship with other entities of the justice system and society. For the purposes of responding effectively to the new procedural system, the Public Ministry was aimed at establishing the agencies and units to ensure better treatment and scientific and technical expertise. He received an institutional budget of 654 million Dominican pesos (approximately USD 18 million).

Education and training. Aware that the task of adapting theory to the Public Prosecutor for a new procedural schedule and the necessary implementation of training of prosecutors was monumental nature, Dominguez decided to address both issues simultaneously. The initial training of candidates for career prosecutors on one side and the training of current fiscal on the other through the 'Outstanding Training Program' was conducted through the new National School of Public Prosecutions (ENP) .

Administration of resources and priorities. Provide adequate technical and technological resources appropriate to the Attorney General needed a significant budget boost, so that Francisco Dominguez got the allocation for 2005 doubled the previous year (reaching 1.100 million Dominican pesos). Because of the marked deterioration and the deplorable conditions which had to that was the transformation of the prison system through the accelerated conversion of prisons, the so-called "new model prison." In the first stage, nine of the 35 prisons in the country were incorporated into the new model. By assuming the Office of the country's prison system just received a 16% (110 million Dominican pesos) of the total budget of the institution in 2006 after two years of priority, spending had increased to 34% (509 million pesos Dominicans).

The modernization of the criminal investigation needed to be institutionalized, and Domínguez on several occasions called for the creation of a judicial technical police. But the political conditions were unfavorable for such an initiative. It was created by presidential decree on the National Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Inter-agency cooperation and transparency. As Attorney General was appointed a member of the Technical Unit of the National Commission of Ethics and Combating Corruption (CNECC). From here prompted major initiatives related to the regulation regime of the State procurement and contracting, first through Presidential decree and then through the bill that would govern the matter later. It also created public ethics committees at each institution of the State (Decree 149-98) and established programs to encourage and promote the principles set out in the Code of Ethics of Public Servant (Law 120-01).

The new institutional arrangements in the Attorney General's Office:

- the Office of Victim Services by Resolution No. 08002/05 as of June 13, 2005; - the Criminal Information System (SIC); - Unit was established prosecutors anti money-laundering, by Resolution No. 0013; - The creation of Neighborhood Prosecution or community, implementing Alternative Dispute Resolution, in order to provide quick access to justice, contributing to the discharge of the cases, contributing to social peace and alleviating the workload previously characterized the old inquisitorial system, where criminal action was essential for all cases; - The creation of specialized centers for addressing domestic violence in the National District, the province of Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Vega and Bam, in order to strengthen the programs of assistance to victims of domestic abuse, awareness of the institutions that often detect cases of family violence, especially the police, school and health, to provide appropriate care to victims and, where appropriate, to seek the intervention of specialized institutions. In August 16, 2012, Francisco Domínguez Brito was appointed Attorney General by the President Danilo Medina.

Santiago de los Caballeros Province Senator[edit]

Presidential bid (2012)[edit]

When asked about the prospects for an eventual search for the presidential nomination, Francisco Dominguez Brito said repeatedly that probably would take on "the battle" and announce it at the time who understood prudent.

On February 3, 2010, although several sources said that the polls favored him to take on new Senate after the nomination of his party by Senatorship Santiago, Dominguez Brito said that gave this nomination to then-Speaker of the House Bachelor of Deputies Julio Cesar Valentin Jiminián. This would not be available for re-election as senator since embarked on a project aimed at presidential elections of 2012:

"In this new phase will concentrate our efforts to develop new political projects within the party, and particularly, I will devote all my energies to get the presidential nomination for the elections of 2012."

External links[edit]

Media related to Francisco Domínguez Brito at Wikimedia Commons


Political offices
Preceded by
Víctor Méndez
Senator - Santiago de los Caballeros
16 August 2006 – Present time
Succeeded by
Julio César Valentín Jiminián
Preceded by
Víctor Céspedes Martínez
Attorney General of the Dominican Republic
16 August 2004 – 16 August 2006
Succeeded by
Radhamés Jiménez
Preceded by
Guillermo Moreno
District Attorney-Santo Domingo de Guzmán
October 1997 – 16 August 2000
Succeeded by
Máximo Aristy Caraballo