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Justice

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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Overview

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. 



Recommendations

  • 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.

Resources

  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)

    This webinar has already taken place. You can watch the recording of the webinar below or view on Youtube here and…

    2019, Events, 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


Commitments

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

    BUE0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    CO0035, 2015, E-Government

  4. Starred commitment State Council

    CO0053, 2015, E-Government

  5. Starred commitment Historical Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict

    CO0054, 2015, Human Rights

  6. Starred commitment Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Judiciary

  7. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  8. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

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

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  10. Starred commitment Establishment of a Constitutional Court

    JO0020, 2012, Judiciary

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

    KE0007, 2012, E-Government

  12. Expanding community-based justice services

    SL0022, 2019, Justice

  13. Advancing gender equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  14. Inclusion in Court Contracting

    AUS0007, 2019, Infrastructure & Transport

  15. Open Justice Data

    GR0073, 2019, E-Government

  16. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  17. Access to Judicial Processes

    UY0111, 2018, E-Government

  18. Public Hearings on Video

    UY0112, 2018, E-Government

  19. Whistleblower Protection

    CI0018, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Transparency of Statistical Information of the Judicial Branch

    UY0113, 2018, E-Government

  21. Human Rights Education Plan

    UY0119, 2018, Human Rights

  22. Assessment of Anti-Corruption Legislation

    MK0125, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. National Plan for Persons with Disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Justice

  24. Access to Justice Development

    MK0136, 2018, Justice

  25. Improving Access to Justice for Marginalized Groups of Citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Capacity Building

  26. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  29. Online Citizen Complaint Process

    HN0071, 2018, E-Government

  30. Human Rights in Business Plans

    HN0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  31. Open Justice

    HN0074, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  32. Efficient Collection of Administrative Fees

    ME0060, 2018, E-Government

  33. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  35. Transparent Governance

    TBI0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  36. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  37. Judiciary Annual Report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  38. Publishing Lower Court Decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  39. Open Justice in the Public Defender's Office

    CL0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  40. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  41. Human Rights Violations Complaint Mechanism

    JO0062, 2018, Capacity Building

  42. Access to Government

    BUE0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  43. Public Participation

    KE0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  44. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  45. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  46. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  47. Modernize Judicial Register

    KG0004, 2018, E-Government

  48. Improvements to Legal Aid

    ID0105, 2018, Capacity Building

  49. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  50. Prison Information Management System

    PY0049, 2018, E-Government

  51. Open Data Sustainable and Responsible

    PY0051, 2018, E-Government

  52. A Jury Trial Judges Transparent.

    PY0061, 2018, Civic Space

  53. Voluntary Compliance Customs Administration

    KR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  54. Mechanisms for Measuring Fiscal Management Agents.

    PY0062, 2018, Justice

  55. Justice Program

    PY0065, 2018, E-Government

  56. Open Data Portal

    PY0066, 2018, E-Government

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

    PY0067, 2018, E-Government

  58. Dialogue with Citizens

    PY0068, 2018, Judiciary

  59. Public Service Delivery

    MD0074, 2018, Capacity Building

  60. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  61. Open Justice Policy

    CR0053, 2017, Judiciary

  62. Remotely Accessing Government Services

    IL0033, 2017, Capacity Building

  63. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  66. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

    SK0112, 2017, Capacity Building

  67. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

    SK0113, 2017, E-Government

  68. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

    SK0114, 2017, Judiciary

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

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

  70. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

    SK0117, 2017, E-Government

  71. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Justice

  72. Opening of Information on the Selection Process of Judges

    AR0035, 2017, Capacity Building

  73. Opening of Public Information on Disciplinary Procedures for Judges

    AR0036, 2017, E-Government

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

    AR0037, 2017, E-Government

  75. Opening Information Service Justice

    AR0078, 2017, Judiciary

  76. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building

  77. Territorializing Guidelines Sexual Violence Prevention in Women and Girls

    CO0057, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    CO0058, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    CO0071, 2017, Capacity Building

  80. Labor Information System - LIS (*)

    LAL0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  81. Respect Time Limit Required for Issuing Legal Acts

    BF0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  82. Vulnerable Persons Access to Legal Aid Funds

    BF0003, 2017, Justice

  83. Specialized Judicial Areas for Conomic Crimes

    BF0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  84. Citizen Committees to Control Racket in Public Administration

    BF0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  85. Capacities of Disciplinary Committees

    BF0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  86. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

  87. Open Justice in Spain

    ES0043, 2017, E-Government

  88. 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

  89. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  90. More Information for the Citizens on the Ombudsman Institution

    MK0116, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  91. Integral Policy Transparency, Probity and Ethics

    HN0047, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  92. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    BR0091, 2016, Capacity Building

  94. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Capacity Building

  95. Provision of Open Data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  96. Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

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

    ZA0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  98. Channels of Citizen Monitoring Public Works and Services.

    PY0027, 2016, E-Government

  99. National Data Disclosure

    KR0025, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  100. Public Data Quality Management

    KR0026, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  101. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  102. Portal Citizen Participation (IPAC)

    DO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  103. Improve Access to Justice: Reducing Costs

    IE0033, 2016, Judiciary

  104. Publish Government-Held Open Data

    MD0065, 2016, E-Government

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

    IE0034, 2016, Judiciary

  106. Improve Access to Justice: Oversight of Legal Practitioners

    IE0035, 2016, Justice

  107. Access to Information in the Judiciary

    UY0068, 2016, Capacity Building

  108. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

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

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  111. Participation in the Plenum of the Supreme Court

    PE0058, 2015, Judiciary

  112. Access to Police Mobile App

    HU0013, 2015, Capacity Building

  113. Training and Measuring the National Police

    PA0017, 2015, Capacity Building

  114. Public Safety Advisory Councils

    PA0018, 2015, Capacity Building

  115. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  116. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  117. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  118. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Judiciary

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

    CO0031, 2015, Education

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

    CO0034, 2015, Capacity Building

  121. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Judiciary

  122. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  123. Online Procedures - Yes Virtual

    CO0052, 2015, E-Government

  124. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  125. Protocol for Dialogue with Sectors and Populations

    CR0039, 2015, Capacity Building

  126. Citizen Participation Policy of the Judiciary

    CR0040, 2015, Capacity Building

  127. Houses of Justice

    CR0042, 2015, Justice

  128. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

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

    HR0024, 2014, Justice

  130. Accelerate Open and Good Governance Practices in Law Enforcement

    ID0033, 2014, E-Government

  131. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  132. Problem Solving Courts

    BG0041, 2014, Judiciary

  133. Increase Public Integrity

    GT0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  134. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, E-Government

  135. Portal of the Administration of Justice

    ES0020, 2014, Judiciary

  136. 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

  137. Access to Police Records

    UK0049, 2013, Justice

  138. Probity Defense and Asset Recovery

    BR0033, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    NO0024, 2013, Justice

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

    BR0053, 2013, Health

  141. Bill to Reform the Judiciary

    AR0013, 2013, Justice

  142. Participatory Development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Justice

  143. Open Data in the Ministry of Justice

    BR0077, 2013, Justice

  144. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Human Rights

  145. Promote Open Data in Public Institutions

    CR0016, 2013, Capacity Building

  146. Implement the "Digital Citizen Security" Project

    CR0023, 2013, E-Government

  147. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  148. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

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

    AL0017, 2012, Justice

  150. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, E-Government

  151. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, E-Government

  152. Improving Media Freedoms

    ME0052, 2012, Civic Space

  153. Improve Citizen Feedback and Complaint Mechanisms

    JO0002, 2012, Justice

  154. Establishment of an Administrative Court.

    JO0021, 2012, Judiciary

  155. 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

  156. Information More Transparent Justice System

    CO0019, 2012, E-Government

  157. Legal Information Service (E-Legal)

    PY0009, 2012, E-Government

  158. Available Information About the Inspectorates

    MK0025, 2012, Justice

  159. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  160. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Judiciary

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

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  162. E-Justice

    ES0005, 2012, E-Government

  163. Publication of Statistical Data on Crime

    ES0007, 2012, E-Government

  164. Right of Reply

    SV0003, 2012, Justice

  165. Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

    AZ0003, 2012, Human Rights

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

    IL0007, 2012, Judiciary

  167. Specialized in Corruption Subsystem

    PE0024, 2012, Judiciary

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

    BR0006, 2011, Justice

  169. Systemic Integration of Ombudsman Units

    BR0030, 2011, E-Government

  170. Continued Training for Public Ombudsman Units

    BR0031, 2011, Capacity Building

  171. Police

    ID0004, 2011, E-Government

  172. Criminal Investigation Site

    MX0029, 2011, E-Government


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