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Czech Republic

Judiciary Annual Report (CZ0023)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Czech Republic Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Judiciary, Justice, Open Justice

IRM Review

IRM Report: Czech Republic Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Improving the annual statistical report of the Czech judiciary
Start and end date of commitment: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2020
Lead implementing agency : Ministry of Justice
Description of Commitment
Which public problem will be resolved by this commitment?
In the past, the statistical data on the operation of the Czech courts was just a row in the basic statistical information with no further breakdown. The first statistical annual report in which the published data were analysed and interpreted was issued in 2017. The decision was taken to publish such a report every year.
What is the commitment?
The annual report published in 2018 contains significantly more information than the previous report. However, the Ministry of Justice undertakes to accept suggestions for further improvements following publication, both from professionals and the lay public (the technical form of this consultation is still to be clarified). The commitment’s objective is to support access to justice and greater transparency in the Czech judiciary, so that the statistical report can also reflect the information required by the public on the course of justice.
How will the commitment contribute to solving a public problem?
Thanks to public feedback, the Czech judiciary’s statistical report will in future be more reflective of the real need for information on the part of the professional and lay public.
How does the commitment relate to OGP values?
This commitment will improve the quality of information published and the transparency of the Czech judiciary. It reflects the needs of professionals and the wider public.
Milestone activity with verifiable output
Collection of suggestions, including a choice of collection method, for the annual report for 2017
01 September 2018 - 31 January 2019
Continuous publication of suggestions and reactions to them
01 January 2019 - 30 April 2019
Collection of suggestions, including the choice of collection method, for the annual report for 2018
01 September 2019 - 31 January 2020
Continuous publication of suggestions and reactions to them
01 January 2020 - 30 April 2020
Name of the responsible person from the implementing agency
Bc. David Pánek
Role, Department
Head of the Judicial Analysis and Statistics Unit, Ministry of Justice
Email and telephone
DPanek@msp.justice.cz, +420 221 997 367
Other stakeholders involved
Not applicable

IRM Midterm Status Summary

2. Improving the annual statistical report of the Czech judiciary

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

The commitment’s objective is to support access to justice and greater transparency in the Czech judiciary, so that the statistical report can also reflect the information required by the public on the course of justice.

Milestones:

  • Collection of suggestions, including a choice of collection method, for the annual report for 2017;
  • Continuous publication of suggestions and reactions to them;
  • Collection of suggestions, including the choice of collection method, for the annual report for 2018;
  • Continuous publication of suggestions and reactions to them.

For full text of the commitment please see: https://korupce.cz/partnerstvi-pro-otevrene-vladnuti-ogp/narodni-akcni-plany-nap/ctvrty-akcni-plan-2018-2020/faze-vytvoreni/

Start Date: 1 September 2018                         

End Date: 31 August 2020

Context and Objectives

The commitment aims to improve the quality of information published in the Czech Judiciary’s statistical report by taking into account law professionals and citizens’ feedback. In 2017, the Czech Judiciary started publishing the annual statistical report, including selected statistical data for district, regional and high courts, Supreme court and Supreme Administrative court. The report includes information on the number of judges, length of proceedings, and appeal rate for criminal and civil courts. [2]

The commitment is verifiable and is relevant to OGP values of access to information and civic participation, since it aims to improve the publication of judiciary information and intends to do so through consultation with professionals and the general public. However, the action plan does not specify how the consultation will be carried out. It also does not indicate whether improvements are sought in terms of inclusion of new information in the report or changes in the presentation of statistical data. 

Since the start of its publication in 2017, the report has already improved. The annual report for 2018 contained more information with new indicators (particularly for the judicial staff section) and a refined methodology. [3] However, navigation of statistics in the report is difficult for average citizens, as it does not provide user-friendly visualizations and a data analysis, or conclusions of the main achievements and/or challenges of the judicial system. Consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify information needs from the judiciary could lead to positive improvements in the publication of judicial data. However, without further detail on where major improvements are sought, as written, this commitment could have a minor potential impact on opening up information from the judiciary.

Next steps

During the implementation period, the Ministry of Justice could clarify feedback collection methods, and establish a timeline for the consultation process. To identify existing information needs from the judiciary, it is recommended to create online and in-person feedback channels.

[2] The Judiciary statistical report, https://justice.cz/documents/12681/719244/2017_vyrocni_stat_zprava.pdf/27ba4524-49cb-4744-b834-2c6812f13e5d

[3] Email exchange with Kucera Frantisek, 10 December 2019. 


Commitments

  1. Quality Management in Service Authorities

    CZ0022, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  2. Judiciary Annual Report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  3. Publishing Lower Court Decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  4. Raising Awareness About Whistle-Blowers

    CZ0025, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  5. Open Education Data

    CZ0026, 2018, Access to Information

  6. InspIS Information System

    CZ0027, 2018, Access to Information

  7. Open Data from School Inspector

    CZ0028, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Publication of Education Information on Creative Commons

    CZ0029, 2018, Access to Information

  9. Implementing the Civil Service Act

    CZ0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  10. Priority Data Sets of Public Administration

    CZ0017, 2016, Access to Information

  11. Public Administration of the Czech Republic’s Open Data Ecosystem

    CZ0018, 2016, Access to Information

  12. National Open Access to Scientific Information Strategy

    CZ0019, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  13. Supporting Volunteering

    CZ0020, 2016, Civic Space

  14. Improving Local Level Safety

    CZ0021, 2016, E-Government

  15. Adoption of the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0007, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  16. Implementing Legislation for the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0008, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  17. Institutional Measures to Implement the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0009, 2014, Capacity Building

  18. Selection, Recruitment, and Appointment of Civil Servants/High-Ranking Civil Servants

    CZ0010, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Systematization of Service Positions and Service Authorities

    CZ0011, 2014, Labor

  20. Streamline the Free Access to Information System

    CZ0012, 2014, Access to Information

  21. Support for Open Data Publishing

    CZ0013, 2014, Access to Information

  22. Open Data Catalogue

    CZ0014, 2014, Access to Information

  23. Open Data Legal Framework

    CZ0015, 2014, Access to Information

  24. Adoption of an Act on Civil Servants

    CZ0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  25. Amendments of the Free Access to Information Act

    CZ0002, 2012, Access to Information

  26. Identification and Removal of Legal and Technical Obstacles

    CZ0003, 2012, Access to Information

  27. Creation of an Open Data Infrastructure in the Public Procurement Sector

    CZ0004, 2012, Access to Information

  28. Converting the Most Important Data Sources to Open Data Standards

    CZ0005, 2012, Access to Information

  29. Creation of a Catalogue of Public Administration Data

    CZ0006, 2012, Access to Information

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