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OGP works to expand responsiveness, accountability and inclusion into all systems of justice. Justice is an emerging area in open government with a growing number of potentially high impact commitments.

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Law impacts nearly every aspect of life, including health, employment, education, housing, and public safety.  Yet opaque processes, unequal access, and discrimination create barriers. According to the World Justice Project, two thirds of the world’s population face some justice problem with disproportionate impacts on the marginalized and poor.

In high- and upper middle-income OGP countries, housing, consumer, and financial problems are the most common legal problems. In less affluent OGP countries, problems of basic documentation and services are significantly more common.  

Expanding the role of open government in solutions requires broader engagement with the justice community at the national level, such as Ministries of Justice and at the ground level, including court systems and legal assistance organizations.  

OGP is bringing together a coalition of members and civil society organizations to further this engagement, share best practices and develop new commitments. The open government community is also working collectively to exchange best practices in indicator development around Sustainable Development Goal 16

OGP members that invest in building a fair and effective justice system will see returns impacting all OGP issues, particularly public service delivery and anti-corruption. 


  • Develop and deploy legal needs assessments. In Canada between 2011 and 2018, a multi-stakeholder group examined the social and economic costs of the justice system to better understand gaps.
  • Build legal capability by improving access to information. South Africa has created a system of lower-cost professional legal assistance through a network of paralegals. Ireland is establishing court-appointed advocates to work on behalf of adults with disabilities.
  • Strengthen resolution forums and processes. In 2018, Indonesia committed to creating regulations that guarantee funding for legal aid organizations, allowing them to expand their reach to more remote and impoverished communities.
  • Work to improve outcomes and reduce hardships, especially for under-represented communities. In 2014, Bulgaria committed to establishing problem-solving courts for children and people with disabilities. In 2017, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court established special courts, with female judges, to address violence against women.


  1. Justice Policy Series, Part I: Access to Justice

    This paper encourages justice reformers to better connect with OGP and its processes as a strategy to implement change.

    2019, Documents, Web Page

  2. Justice Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    The Open Government Partnership’s founding mission and vision remain as powerful today as they were in 2011, and yet the…

    2020, Stories, Web Page

  3. OGP Access to Justice Commitments

    , Outbound Link, Web Page

  4. Opening justice: Access to justice, open judiciaries, and legal empowerment through the Open Government Partnership

    This collaborative guide is a collection of resources for reformers interested in advancing open government and expanding justice. It lays…

    2018, Documents, Web Page

  5. Justice for All Report

    , Outbound Link, Web Page


  1. Starred commitment Transparency in Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches

    BUE0001, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  2. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Justice

  3. Starred commitment LegalApp: Interaction and Management Services Information Sources for Justice Sector

    CO0035, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  4. Starred commitment State Council

    CO0053, 2015, Money in Politics

  5. Starred commitment Historical Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict

    CO0054, 2015, Justice

  6. Starred commitment Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Justice

  7. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  8. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, Justice

  9. Starred commitment Portal Www.Gjykata.Gov.Al

    AL0027, 2012, Justice

  10. Starred commitment Establishment of a Constitutional Court

    JO0020, 2012, Justice

  11. Starred commitment Improving Transparency in the Judiciary: 2.A. Public Vetting of Judges and Case Allocation System

    KE0007, 2012, Justice

  12. Expanding community-based justice services

    SL0022, 2019, Justice

  13. Advancing gender equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  14. Inclusion in Court Contracting

    AUS0007, 2019, Open Contracting and Procurement

  15. Open Justice Data

    GR0073, 2019, Justice

  16. Increase public legal knowledge

    MN0040, 2019, Justice

  17. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Gender

  18. Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution

    PH0063, 2019, Gender

  19. Legal Needs Survey

    AR0083, 2019, Justice

  20. Public Information on Human Trafficking

    AR0084, 2019, Justice

  21. Transparency of the National Judicial Council

    AR0086, 2019, Justice

  22. Federal Penitentiary Diagnosis

    AR0088, 2019, Justice

  23. Federalization of the Micaela Law

    AR0091, 2019, Gender

  24. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  25. Access to Judicial Processes

    UY0111, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  26. Public Hearings on Video

    UY0112, 2018, Justice

  27. Whistleblower Protection

    CI0018, 2018, Justice

  28. Transparency of Statistical Information of the Judicial Branch

    UY0113, 2018, Justice

  29. Human Rights Education Plan

    UY0119, 2018, Justice

  30. Assessment of Anti-Corruption Legislation

    MK0125, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  31. National Plan for Persons with Disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Justice

  32. Access to Justice Development

    MK0136, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  33. Improving Access to Justice for Marginalized Groups of Citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  34. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Justice

  35. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Money in Politics

  36. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  37. Online Citizen Complaint Process

    HN0071, 2018, Justice

  38. Human Rights in Business Plans

    HN0073, 2018, Justice

  39. Open Justice

    HN0074, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  40. Efficient Collection of Administrative Fees

    ME0060, 2018, Justice

  41. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Justice

  42. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  43. Transparent Governance

    TBI0009, 2018, Justice

  44. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  45. Judiciary Annual Report

    CZ0023, 2018, Justice

  46. Publishing Lower Court Decision

    CZ0024, 2018, Justice

  47. Open Justice in the Public Defender's Office

    CL0053, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  48. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  49. Human Rights Violations Complaint Mechanism

    JO0062, 2018, Justice

  50. Access to Government

    BUE0006, 2018, Justice

  51. Public Participation

    KE0021, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  52. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Justice

  53. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Justice

  54. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, Justice

  55. Modernize Judicial Register

    KG0004, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  56. Improvements to Legal Aid

    ID0105, 2018, Civic Space

  57. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Justice

  58. Prison Information Management System

    PY0049, 2018, Justice

  59. Open Data Sustainable and Responsible

    PY0051, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  60. A Jury Trial Judges Transparent.

    PY0061, 2018, Civic Space

  61. Voluntary Compliance Customs Administration

    KR0048, 2018, Justice

  62. Mechanisms for Measuring Fiscal Management Agents.

    PY0062, 2018, Justice

  63. Justice Program

    PY0065, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  64. Open Data Portal

    PY0066, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  65. Window Transparency and Access to Public Information of the Judiciary

    PY0067, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  66. Dialogue with Citizens

    PY0068, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  67. Public Service Delivery

    MD0074, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  68. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  69. Open Justice Policy

    CR0053, 2017, Justice

  70. Remotely Accessing Government Services

    IL0033, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  71. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  72. Reassess the Implementation of the Publication of Assessments of Judges in Terms of the Clarity and Making Further Analysis Easier

    SK0110, 2017, Justice

  73. Specify Which Court Decisions Do Not Need to Be Published.

    SK0111, 2017, Justice

  74. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

    SK0112, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  75. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

    SK0113, 2017, Justice

  76. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

    SK0114, 2017, Justice

  77. Prepare Legislation That Will Ensure the Publication of the Seat of Office of Individual Prosecutors

    SK0115, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  78. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

    SK0117, 2017, Justice

  79. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Justice

  80. Opening of Information on the Selection Process of Judges

    AR0035, 2017, Justice

  81. Opening of Public Information on Disciplinary Procedures for Judges

    AR0036, 2017, Justice

  82. Second Stage of Portal "Datos.Jus.Gov.Ar"

    AR0037, 2017, Justice

  83. Opening Information Service Justice

    AR0078, 2017, Justice

  84. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Justice

  85. Territorializing Guidelines Sexual Violence Prevention in Women and Girls

    CO0057, 2017, Gender

  86. Citizen Participation in the Consolidation of Community Justice Component of the System of Justice Statistics (Sej)

    CO0058, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  87. Building Trust and Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in the Council of State

    CO0071, 2017, Justice

  88. Labor Information System - LIS (*)

    LAL0004, 2017, Justice

  89. Respect Time Limit Required for Issuing Legal Acts

    BF0002, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  90. Vulnerable Persons Access to Legal Aid Funds

    BF0003, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  91. Specialized Judicial Areas for Conomic Crimes

    BF0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  92. Citizen Committees to Control Racket in Public Administration

    BF0007, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  93. Capacities of Disciplinary Committees

    BF0008, 2017, Justice

  94. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Education

  95. Open Justice in Spain

    ES0043, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  96. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to Include a Transparent and Accountable Process to Implement Selected Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

    LK0012, 2016, Gender

  97. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies

  98. More Information for the Citizens on the Ombudsman Institution

    MK0116, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  99. Integral Policy Transparency, Probity and Ethics

    HN0047, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  100. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  101. Prevention to Torture and Mean, Inhuman, or Humiliating Treatments in the Penitentiary System

    BR0091, 2016, Justice

  102. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Justice

  103. Provision of Open Data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, Justice

  104. Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public

    GR0052, 2016, Justice

  105. Institutionalisation of Community Advice Offices as Part of the Wider Justice Network

    ZA0020, 2016, Justice

  106. Channels of Citizen Monitoring Public Works and Services.

    PY0027, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  107. National Data Disclosure

    KR0025, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  108. Public Data Quality Management

    KR0026, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  109. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  110. Portal Citizen Participation (IPAC)

    DO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  111. Improve Access to Justice: Reducing Costs

    IE0033, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  112. Publish Government-Held Open Data

    MD0065, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  113. Improve Access to Justice: Framework to Assist Vulnerable Persons

    IE0034, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  114. Improve Access to Justice: Oversight of Legal Practitioners

    IE0035, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  115. Access to Information in the Judiciary

    UY0068, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  116. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  117. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Justice

  118. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, Justice

  119. Participation in the Plenum of the Supreme Court

    PE0058, 2015, Justice

  120. Access to Police Mobile App

    HU0013, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  121. Training and Measuring the National Police

    PA0017, 2015, Justice

  122. Public Safety Advisory Councils

    PA0018, 2015, Justice

  123. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Justice

  124. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Justice

  125. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Justice

  126. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Justice

  127. Cycles Opening of Information in the Sectors of Education, Health, Environment, Justice and Social Inclusion

    CO0031, 2015, Education

  128. Renmesas Work and Technical Assistance for Accountability in the Justiciadición Account of the Judicial Branch and More Information on Justice Services

    CO0034, 2015, Justice

  129. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Justice

  130. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  131. Online Procedures - Yes Virtual

    CO0052, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  132. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  133. Protocol for Dialogue with Sectors and Populations

    CR0039, 2015, Justice

  134. Citizen Participation Policy of the Judiciary

    CR0040, 2015, Justice

  135. Houses of Justice

    CR0042, 2015, Justice

  136. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  137. Improving Efficiency of the Ministry of Interior's Complaints Commission

    HR0024, 2014, Justice

  138. Accelerate Open and Good Governance Practices in Law Enforcement

    ID0033, 2014, Justice

  139. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  140. Problem Solving Courts

    BG0041, 2014, Justice

  141. Increase Public Integrity

    GT0056, 2014, Justice

  142. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, Justice

  143. Portal of the Administration of Justice

    ES0020, 2014, Justice

  144. Create a United Information Database on Law Enforcement Activities, Crimes and Violation Records, and Ensure That the Database Is Accessible to Relevant Bodies.

    MN0016, 2014, Justice

  145. Access to Police Records

    UK0049, 2013, Justice

  146. Probity Defense and Asset Recovery

    BR0033, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  147. Strengthened Information Exchange for More Efficient Crime Prevention and Combating

    NO0024, 2013, Justice

  148. Improvement of Active Transparency and of the Unique Health System’ Ombudsman Unit

    BR0053, 2013, Health

  149. Bill to Reform the Judiciary

    AR0013, 2013, Justice

  150. Participatory Development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Justice

  151. Open Data in the Ministry of Justice

    BR0077, 2013, Justice

  152. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Justice

  153. Promote Open Data in Public Institutions

    CR0016, 2013, Justice

  154. Implement the "Digital Citizen Security" Project

    CR0023, 2013, Justice

  155. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, Justice

  156. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Justice

  157. Amendment of the Law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents”

    AL0017, 2012, Justice

  158. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, Justice

  159. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, Justice

  160. Improving Media Freedoms

    ME0052, 2012, Civic Space

  161. Improve Citizen Feedback and Complaint Mechanisms

    JO0002, 2012, Justice

  162. Establishment of an Administrative Court.

    JO0021, 2012, Justice

  163. The Public Procurement Electronic System (SEAP). the Electronic Allocation System for Transports (SAET)/B.1 C) Expanding the On-Line Submission of Fiscal Forms. Ensuring the Free On-Line Access to National Legislation. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage Subpoenas and Facilitate Access Toinformation Regarding Legal Proceedings. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to Obtaining the Romanian Citizenship. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to the Creation of Non-Profit Legal Persons. the Integrated System for Electronic Access to Justice (SIIAEJ)

    RO0018, 2012, Open Contracting and Procurement

  164. Information More Transparent Justice System

    CO0019, 2012, Justice

  165. Legal Information Service (E-Legal)

    PY0009, 2012, Justice

  166. Available Information About the Inspectorates

    MK0025, 2012, Justice

  167. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  168. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Justice

  169. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, Justice

  170. E-Justice

    ES0005, 2012, Justice

  171. Publication of Statistical Data on Crime

    ES0007, 2012, Justice

  172. Right of Reply

    SV0003, 2012, Justice

  173. Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

    AZ0003, 2012, Justice

  174. Establishing a Freedom of Information Unit in the Ministry of Justice

    IL0007, 2012, Justice

  175. Specialized in Corruption Subsystem

    PE0024, 2012, Justice

  176. Diagnostic Study on Role of Federal Ombudsman Units (FOUs)

    BR0006, 2011, Justice

  177. Systemic Integration of Ombudsman Units

    BR0030, 2011, Justice

  178. Continued Training for Public Ombudsman Units

    BR0031, 2011, Justice

  179. Police

    ID0004, 2011, Justice

  180. Criminal Investigation Site

    MX0029, 2011, Justice

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