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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.

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. 


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Implementing SDG16+ Through the Open Government Partnership

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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 Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    The open government community has seen growing support for linking justice to open government in recent years, spurred in part…

    2019, Stories, Web Page

  2. OGP Access to Justice Commitments

    , 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

  4. 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 Historical Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict

    CO0054, 2015, Human Rights

  4. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

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

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  6. Starred commitment Establishment of a Constitutional Court

    JO0020, 2012, Judiciary

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

    KE0007, 2012, E-Government

  8. Inclusion in Court Contracting

    AUS0007, 2019, Infrastructure & Transport

  9. Open Justice Data

    GR0073, 2019, E-Government

  10. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  11. Access to Judicial Processes

    UY0111, 2018, E-Government

  12. Public Hearings on Video

    UY0112, 2018, E-Government

  13. Whistleblower Protection

    CI0018, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Transparency of Statistical Information of the Judicial Branch

    UY0113, 2018, E-Government

  15. Human Rights Education Plan

    UY0119, 2018, Human Rights

  16. Assessment of Anti-Corruption Legislation

    MK0125, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  17. National Plan for Persons with Disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Justice

  18. Access to Justice Development

    MK0136, 2018, Justice

  19. Improving Access to Justice for Marginalized Groups of Citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Capacity Building

  22. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  23. Online Citizen Complaint Process

    HN0071, 2018, E-Government

  24. Human Rights in Business Plans

    HN0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  25. Open Justice

    HN0074, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  26. Efficient Collection of Administrative Fees

    ME0060, 2018, E-Government

  27. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Transparent Governance

    TBI0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  30. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  31. Judiciary Annual Report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  32. Publishing Lower Court Decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  33. Open Justice in the Public Defender's Office

    CL0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  35. Human Rights Violations Complaint Mechanism

    JO0062, 2018, Capacity Building

  36. Access to Government

    BUE0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  37. Public Participation

    KE0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  38. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  39. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  40. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  41. Modernize Judicial Register

    KG0004, 2018, E-Government

  42. Improvements to Legal Aid

    ID0105, 2018, Capacity Building

  43. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  44. Prison Information Management System

    PY0049, 2018, E-Government

  45. Open Data Sustainable and Responsible

    PY0051, 2018, E-Government

  46. A Jury Trial Judges Transparent.

    PY0061, 2018, Civic Space

  47. Voluntary Compliance Customs Administration

    KR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  48. Mechanisms for Measuring Fiscal Management Agents.

    PY0062, 2018, Justice

  49. Justice Program

    PY0065, 2018, E-Government

  50. Open Data Portal

    PY0066, 2018, E-Government

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

    PY0067, 2018, E-Government

  52. Dialogue with Citizens

    PY0068, 2018, Judiciary

  53. Public Service Delivery

    MD0074, 2018, Capacity Building

  54. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  55. Open Justice Policy

    CR0053, 2017, Judiciary

  56. Remotely Accessing Government Services

    IL0033, 2017, Capacity Building

  57. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  60. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

    SK0112, 2017, Capacity Building

  61. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

    SK0113, 2017, E-Government

  62. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

    SK0114, 2017, Judiciary

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

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

  64. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

    SK0117, 2017, E-Government

  65. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Justice

  66. Opening of Information on the Selection Process of Judges

    AR0035, 2017, Capacity Building

  67. Opening of Public Information on Disciplinary Procedures for Judges

    AR0036, 2017, E-Government

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

    AR0037, 2017, E-Government

  69. Opening Information Service Justice

    AR0078, 2017, Judiciary

  70. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building

  71. Territorializing Guidelines Sexual Violence Prevention in Women and Girls

    CO0057, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    CO0058, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    CO0071, 2017, Capacity Building

  74. Labor Information System - LIS (*)

    LAL0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  75. Respect Time Limit Required for Issuing Legal Acts

    BF0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  76. Vulnerable Persons Access to Legal Aid Funds

    BF0003, 2017, Justice

  77. Specialized Judicial Areas for Conomic Crimes

    BF0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  78. Citizen Committees to Control Racket in Public Administration

    BF0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  79. Capacities of Disciplinary Committees

    BF0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  80. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

  81. Open Justice in Spain

    ES0043, 2017, E-Government

  82. 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

  83. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  84. More Information for the Citizens on the Ombudsman Institution

    MK0116, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  85. Integral Policy Transparency, Probity and Ethics

    HN0047, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  86. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    BR0091, 2016, Capacity Building

  88. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Capacity Building

  89. Provision of Open Data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  90. Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

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

    ZA0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  92. Channels of Citizen Monitoring Public Works and Services.

    PY0027, 2016, E-Government

  93. National Data Disclosure

    KR0025, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  94. Public Data Quality Management

    KR0026, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  95. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  96. Portal Citizen Participation (IPAC)

    DO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  97. Improve Access to Justice: Reducing Costs

    IE0033, 2016, Judiciary

  98. Publish Government-Held Open Data

    MD0065, 2016, E-Government

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

    IE0034, 2016, Judiciary

  100. Improve Access to Justice: Oversight of Legal Practitioners

    IE0035, 2016, Justice

  101. Access to Information in the Judiciary

    UY0068, 2016, Capacity Building

  102. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

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

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  105. Participation in the Plenum of the Supreme Court

    PE0058, 2015, Judiciary

  106. Access to Police Mobile App

    HU0013, 2015, Capacity Building

  107. Training and Measuring the National Police

    PA0017, 2015, Capacity Building

  108. Public Safety Advisory Councils

    PA0018, 2015, Capacity Building

  109. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  110. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  111. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  112. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Judiciary

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

    CO0031, 2015, Education

  114. 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

  115. LegalApp: Interaction and Management Services Information Sources for Justice Sector

    CO0035, 2015, E-Government

  116. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Judiciary

  117. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  118. Online Procedures - Yes Virtual

    CO0052, 2015, E-Government

  119. State Council

    CO0053, 2015, E-Government

  120. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  121. Protocol for Dialogue with Sectors and Populations

    CR0039, 2015, Capacity Building

  122. Citizen Participation Policy of the Judiciary

    CR0040, 2015, Capacity Building

  123. Houses of Justice

    CR0042, 2015, Justice

  124. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

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

    HR0024, 2014, Justice

  126. Accelerate Open and Good Governance Practices in Law Enforcement

    ID0033, 2014, E-Government

  127. Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Judiciary

  128. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  129. Problem Solving Courts

    BG0041, 2014, Judiciary

  130. Increase Public Integrity

    GT0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  131. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, E-Government

  132. Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  133. Portal of the Administration of Justice

    ES0020, 2014, Judiciary

  134. 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

  135. Access to Police Records

    UK0049, 2013, Justice

  136. Probity Defense and Asset Recovery

    BR0033, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    NO0024, 2013, Justice

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

    BR0053, 2013, Health

  139. Bill to Reform the Judiciary

    AR0013, 2013, Justice

  140. Participatory Development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Justice

  141. Open Data in the Ministry of Justice

    BR0077, 2013, Justice

  142. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Human Rights

  143. Promote Open Data in Public Institutions

    CR0016, 2013, Capacity Building

  144. Implement the "Digital Citizen Security" Project

    CR0023, 2013, E-Government

  145. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  146. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

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

    AL0017, 2012, Justice

  148. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, E-Government

  149. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, E-Government

  150. Improving Media Freedoms

    ME0052, 2012, Civic Space

  151. Improve Citizen Feedback and Complaint Mechanisms

    JO0002, 2012, Justice

  152. Establishment of an Administrative Court.

    JO0021, 2012, Judiciary

  153. 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

  154. Information More Transparent Justice System

    CO0019, 2012, E-Government

  155. Legal Information Service (E-Legal)

    PY0009, 2012, E-Government

  156. Available Information About the Inspectorates

    MK0025, 2012, Justice

  157. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  158. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Judiciary

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

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  160. E-Justice

    ES0005, 2012, E-Government

  161. Publication of Statistical Data on Crime

    ES0007, 2012, E-Government

  162. Right of Reply

    SV0003, 2012, Justice

  163. Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

    AZ0003, 2012, Human Rights

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

    IL0007, 2012, Judiciary

  165. Specialized in Corruption Subsystem

    PE0024, 2012, Judiciary

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

    BR0006, 2011, Justice

  167. Systemic Integration of Ombudsman Units

    BR0030, 2011, E-Government

  168. Continued Training for Public Ombudsman Units

    BR0031, 2011, Capacity Building

  169. Police

    ID0004, 2011, E-Government

  170. Criminal Investigation Site

    MX0029, 2011, E-Government


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