Open Response + Open Recovery: Access to Justice and Open Government During a Pandemic
During the pandemic, justice actors find they must respond to diverse and numerous issues including court closures, acute legal needs stemming from issues such as increased rates of eviction and domestic violence, and COVID-19 outbreaks in jail populations. These problems disproportionately impact low-income, vulnerable, and marginalized communities who suffer greater ill-health effects from the COVID-19 virus and harm from the virus’s impact on society as a whole.
OGP and Open Society Justice Initiative hosted a virtual conversation with experts from Canada’s Department of Justice, AdvocAid (Sierra Leone), the ILF (Afghanistan), and Article 19 South America. The discussion highlighted promising practices in protecting access to justice during a crisis from across the globe that can serve as examples for the OGP community and its emerging coalition on justice in considering how to respond locally to these challenges.