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Access to Justice

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Accessible justice systems – both formal and informal – ensure that individuals and communities with legal needs know where to go for help, obtain the help they need, and move through a system that offers procedural, substantive, and expeditious justice.

Technical specifications: Includes any commitments that affect dispute resolution processes or people’s access to them (this could include any forms of adjudication, mediation, or arbitration.). It also includes commitments about legal assistance (ex: legal aid, paralegals, access to lawyers) or commitments that affect citizens’ ability to get justice (ex: administrative portals) and commitments that affect citizens’ access to legal identity, but it does not include judiciary commitments related to transparency (ex: publishing court statistics, making video footage of hearings accessible) because they do not affect individual citizens’ ability to get justice (these commitments are still tagged as “Judiciary” commitments).

See also: Open Justice, Judiciary

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Open Government Partnership