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Access to justice enables people and communities to advance their rights, push for legal and regulatory protection, shed light on corrupt practices and effectively participate in governance processes.

Access to justice is the ability of people to seek and obtain a remedy through formal or informal institutions of justice for grievances. Access to justice should be predictable, transparent, effective, non-discriminatory, and accountable. Access to justice is both a goal in and of itself and a means to assuring other rights, such as the right to information and participation.

Within the open government community, access to justice includes efforts to make justice institutions more transparent, accessible, and free of corruption; to ensure that all people and communities are able to understand, use, and ultimately shape the law; and enforce open government laws and rules. It is a growing area of reform within OGP, with inclusion as an emerging focus of new country commitments.

Recommendations – updated May 2019

  • Advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): OGP members can use justice commitments to help make progress towards SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions).
  • Improve justice sector inclusion: OGP members can consider commitments that focus on expanding access to legal assistance and judicial institutions to women and underrepresented groups.


  1. Justice Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    n/a, Post, Web Page

  2. OGP Access to Justice Commitments

    n/a, Outbound Link, Web Page

  3. 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


  1. publish court decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  2. Access to judicial processes

    UY0111, 2018, E-Government

  3. Public hearings on video

    UY0112, 2018, E-Government

  4. whistleblower protection

    CI0018, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Transparency of Statistical information of the Judicial Branch

    UY0113, 2018, E-Government

  6. Human rights education plan

    UY0119, 2018, Human Rights

  7. Assessment of anti-corruption legislation

    MK0125, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  8. National plan for persons with disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  9. Access to Justice Development

    MK0136, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Improving access to justice for marginalized groups of citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. women in public works projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  14. Online citizen complaint process

    HN0071, 2018, E-Government

  15. Human rights in business plans

    HN0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. open justice

    HN0074, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  17. Efficient collection of administrative fees

    ME0060, 2018, E-Government

  18. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  19. Safe communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  20. Transparent Governance

    TBI0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  22. judiciary annual report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  23. publishing lower court decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  24. Justicia Abierta en la Defensoría Penal Pública

    CL0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  25. anti-corruption framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  26. human rights violations complaint mechanism

    JO0062, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. access to government

    BUE0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Public Participation

    KE0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  29. civil servant training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  30. raise awareness about corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  31. transparency of seized assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  32. modernize judicial register

    KG0004, 2018, E-Government

  33. Improvements to Legal Aid

    ID0105, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. Citizen involvement in Cour des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  35. Sistema de Información Gestión Penitenciaria

    PY0049, 2018, E-Government

  36. Datos abiertos sostenible y responsible

    PY0051, 2018, E-Government

  37. Un jurado de enjuiciamiento de magistrados transparente.

    PY0061, 2018, E-Government

  38. Voluntary Compliance Customs Administration

    KR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  39. Mecanismos de medición de gestión de agentes fiscales.

    PY0062, 2018, Sustainable Development Goals

  40. Programa de Justicia

    PY0065, 2018, E-Government

  41. Portal de Datos Abiertos

    PY0066, 2018, E-Government

  42. Ventana de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información Pública del Poder Judicial

    PY0067, 2018, E-Government

  43. Diálogo con la ciudadanía

    PY0068, 2018, Judiciary

  44. public service delivery

    MD0074, 2018, Capacity Building

  45. Courts to address Violence against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender


    CR0053, 2017, Judiciary

  47. Remotely accessing government services

    IL0033, 2017, Capacity Building

  48. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Capacity Building

  49. Reassess the implementation of the publication of assessments of judges in terms of the clarity and making further analysis easier

    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

  50. Specify which court decisions do not need to be published.

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  51. Standardize submission requirements for Slov-Lex portal

    SK0112, 2017, Capacity Building

  52. draft legislation about the responsibility of judges

    SK0113, 2017, E-Government

  53. draft legislation to ensure public scrutiny of judges

    SK0114, 2017, Judiciary

  54. Prepare legislation that will ensure the publication of the seat of office of individual prosecutors

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

  55. participatory analysis of prosecutor's affairs

    SK0117, 2017, E-Government

  56. In a participatory manner, analyze the selection procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  57. Apertura de información sobre los procesos de selección de magistrados

    AR0035, 2017, Capacity Building

  58. Apertura de información pública sobre los procesos disciplinarios a magistrados

    AR0036, 2017, E-Government

  59. Segunda etapa del Portal “”

    AR0037, 2017, E-Government

  60. Apertura de información del Servicio de Justicia

    AR0078, 2017, Judiciary

  61. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building

  62. Territorialización de los lineamientos de prevención de violencia sexual en mujeres y niñas

    CO0057, 2017, Capacity Building

  63. Participación Ciudadana en la consolidación del componente de Justicia Comunitaria en el Sistema de Estadísticas de Justicia (SEJ)

    CO0058, 2017, Capacity Building

  64. Construcción de confianza y consolidación de transparencia y rendición de cuentas en el Consejo de Estado

    CO0071, 2017, Capacity Building

  65. Respect time limit required for issuing legal acts

    BF0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  66. Vulnerable persons access to legal aid funds

    BF0003, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  67. Specialized judicial areas for conomic crimes

    BF0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  68. Citizen committees to control racket in public administration

    BF0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  69. Capacities of disciplinary committees

    BF0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  70. Virtual window of public administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

  71. Expand Economic-Financial Center

    ES0037, 2017, E-Government

  72. 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

  73. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  74. More information for the citizens on the Ombudsman institution

    MK0116, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  75. Política Integral de Transparencia, Probidad y Ética

    HN0047, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  76. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    BR0091, 2016, Capacity Building

  78. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Capacity Building

  79. Provision of open data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  80. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

  81. Starred commitment NA

    BUE0001, 2016, Capacity Building

  82. Institutionalisation of Community Advice Offices as part of the wider Justice network

    ZA0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  83. Starred commitment Ley de AIP y principios de Gobierno Abierto

    PY0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  84. Canales de monitoreo ciudadano de obras y servicios públicos.

    PY0027, 2016, E-Government

  85. National Data Disclosure

    KR0025, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  86. Public Data Quality Management

    KR0026, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  87. Sistema de informacion laboral - lis(*)

    LAL0004, 2016, Capacity Building

  88. Combating corporate crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  89. Portal participación ciudadana (IPAC)

    DO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  90. Improve Access to Justice: Reducing Costs

    IE0033, 2016, Judiciary

  91. Publish government-held open data

    MD0065, 2016, E-Government

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

    IE0034, 2016, Judiciary

  93. Improve Access to Justice: Oversight of Legal Practitioners

    IE0035, 2016, Public Participation

  94. Acceso a la información en el Poder Judicial

    UY0068, 2016, Capacity Building

  95. Establishing unified regulations to publish court decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  96. Improvement of the database of the convicted and transfer of the penitentiary department entirely onto the electronic workflow management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  97. Publication of phone tapping data according to the nature of the crime and geographic area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  98. Participación en los acuerdos plenarios de la Corte Suprema

    PE0058, 2015, Judiciary

  99. Access to police mobile app

    HU0013, 2015, Capacity Building

  100. Capacitación y medición de la Policía Nacional

    PA0017, 2015, Capacity Building

  101. Consejos consultivos de seguridad ciudadana

    PA0018, 2015, Capacity Building

  102. publish evaluation of justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  103. Analyze publication of judicial decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  104. Uniform reporting of judicial decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  105. publish list of names of prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Judiciary


    CO0031, 2015, Education

  107. RenMESAS DE TRABAJO Y ASISTENCIA TÉCNICA PARA LA RENDICIÓN DE CUENTAS EN LA JUSTICIAdición de cuentas de la Rama Judicial y más información sobre servicios de justicia

    CO0034, 2015, Capacity Building


    CO0035, 2015, E-Government

  109. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Judiciary

  110. Mapa Social

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government


    CO0052, 2015, E-Government

  112. Starred commitment Consejo de Estado

    CO0053, 2015, E-Government

  113. Starred commitment Memoria histórica del conflicto armado interno

    CO0054, 2015, Human Rights

  114. Mujeres libres de violencias y discriminaciones

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  115. Protocolo para el diálogo con sectores y poblaciones

    CR0039, 2015, Capacity Building


    CR0040, 2015, Capacity Building


    CR0042, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  118. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

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

    HR0024, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  120. Accelerate Open and Good Governance Practices in Law Enforcement

    ID0033, 2014, E-Government

  121. Starred commitment Ley de Accesso a la Información Pública

    PY0016, 2014, Judiciary

  122. Corruption risk assessment methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  123. Problem Solving Courts

    BG0041, 2014, Judiciary

  124. Aumentar la Integridad Pública

    GT0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  125. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, E-Government

  126. Starred commitment Proactive publishing of surveillance data

    GE0027, 2014, E-Government

  127. Portal of the Administration of Justice

    ES0020, 2014, Judiciary

  128. 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, E-Government

  129. Access to Police Records

    UK0049, 2013, Records Management

  130. Probity Defense and Asset Recovery

    BR0033, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  131. Strengthened information exchange for more efficient crime prevention and combating

    NO0024, 2013, Security

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

    BR0053, 2013, Health

  133. Proyecto de Ley para la reforma del Poder Judicial

    AR0013, 2013, Legislation & Regulation

  134. Participatory development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Legislation & Regulation

  135. Open Data in the Ministry of Justice

    BR0077, 2013, Open Data

  136. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Human Rights

  137. Potenciar la apertura de datos en las instituciones públicas

    CR0016, 2013, Capacity Building

  138. Implementar el Proyecto “Seguridad Ciudadana Digital”

    CR0023, 2013, E-Government

  139. Online inspections of courts and judicial hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  140. Digitalization of the file transfer process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

  141. Amendment of the law “on the right to information for official documents”

    AL0017, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  142. Digitalization of the notary register

    AL0020, 2012, E-Government

  143. Online citizens’ claims in the judiciary system

    AL0021, 2012, E-Government

  144. Starred commitment Audio and video recording of judicial hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

  145. Starred commitment Portal

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  146. Improving media freedoms

    ME0052, 2012, Defending Journalists and Activists

  147. Improve citizen feedback and complaint mechanisms

    JO0002, 2012,

  148. Starred commitment Establishment of a Constitutional Court

    JO0020, 2012, Judiciary

  149. Establishment of an Administrative Court.

    JO0021, 2012, Judiciary

  150. 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, Citizenship and Immigration

  151. Mayor transparencia de información del sistema de justicia

    CO0019, 2012, E-Government

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

    KE0007, 2012, E-Government

  153. Servicio de información legal (e-legal)

    PY0009, 2012, E-Government

  154. Available information about the Inspectorates

    MK0025, 2012,

  155. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  156. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Judiciary

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

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  158. e-justicia

    ES0005, 2012, E-Government

  159. Publicación de datos estadísticos sobre criminalidad

    ES0007, 2012, E-Government

  160. Derecho de respuesta

    SV0003, 2012,

  161. Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

    AZ0003, 2012, Human Rights

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

    IL0007, 2012, Judiciary

  163. Subsistema especializado en delitos de corrupción

    PE0024, 2012, Judiciary

  164. Diagnostic study on role of Federal Ombudsman Units (FOUs)

    BR0006, 2011, Right to Information

  165. Systemic integration of ombudsman units

    BR0030, 2011, E-Government

  166. Continued training for public ombudsman units

    BR0031, 2011, Capacity Building

  167. Police

    ID0004, 2011, E-Government

  168. Criminal Investigation Site

    MX0029, 2011, E-Government

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