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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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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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Pre-Summit OGP Thematic Events

Ahead of the 2021 OGP Global Summit and the U.S.-led Summit for Democracy, the OGP Support Unit and partners are hosting a series of thematic events around priority areas, including justice, anti-corruption (beneficial ownership transparency), and gender and inclusion.

Justice FS

Justice Fact Sheet

A look at global progress and member-level examples of justice reform in OGP

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.

Partnerships and Coalitions

Partners

OGP Coalition on Justice

The OGP Coalition on Justice is a group of OGP members, civil society organizations, and other national and international partners advancing a people-centered approach to justice through their OGP action plans.


Resources

  1. A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus: Justice

    People can encounter justice problems in nearly every aspect of life, including health, employment, education, housing and public safety. Even…

    2020, Guidance Document, Web Page

  2. 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, Research Product, Web Page

  3. Justice Fact Sheet

    A look at global progress and member-level examples of justice reform in OGP

    2021, Document, PDF

  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, Resource, Web Page

  5. Webinar: Using OGP to Advance Access to Justice Reforms

    Learn how access to justice reforms can be advanced through the OGP platform.

    2019, , Web Page

  6. Implementing SDG16+ Through the Open Government Partnership

    The challenge of building peaceful, just and inclusive societies is at the heart of the SDGs and OGP can be…

    2019, Perspective, Web Page

  7. Open Government: A Platform for Access to Justice

    When people think of open government, they frequently think of open data, transparency, and anti-corruption - not necessarily a fair…

    2017, Perspective, Web Page

  8. Towards Open Judiciary: “Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency”

    Open government initiatives have become a defining goal for public administrators around the world. However, progress is still necessary outside…

    2016, , Web Page

  9. OGP and the 2030 Agenda: Moving beyond the Joint Declaration

    The role of open government in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a major theme of the Open…

    2015, , Web Page

  10. Global Insights on Access to Justice

    From World Justice Project, 2019

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  11. Measuring the Justice Gap: A People-Centered Assessment of Unmet Justice Needs Around the World

    From World Justice Project, 2019

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  12. Legal Needs Surveys and Access to Justice

    From OECD and Open Society Justice Initiative, 2019

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  13. Report: Justice for All

    From the Task Force on Justice, 2019

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  14. Equal Access to Justice for Inclusive Growth Putting People at the Centre

    From OECD, 2019

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  15. Open Justice: An Innovation-Driven Agenda for Inclusive Societies (2019)

    From Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

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  17. Transparency and Accountability at the Frontlines of Justice

    The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have brought to light systemic…

    2020, Research Product, Web Page

  18. OGP Coalition on Justice

    The OGP Coalition on Justice is a group of OGP members, civil society organizations, and other national and international partners…

    2020, , Web Page

  19. Justice Policy Series, Part II: Open Justice

    Explore how applying the principles of open government can create fairer and more effective justice systems.

    2020, Research Product, Web Page

  20. From the Global to the Local: Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home

    Learn how the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice leveraged international mechanisms and processes to advance its…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  21. Asia-Pacific Justice For All Webinar Series (Recordings)

    In an effort to close the justice gap, justice leaders across sectors in the Asia-Pacific region came together to share…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  22. Access to Justice Offices Leading on Justice in OGP

    As the OGP community has prioritized justice as a theme within the Partnership, OGP member governments have increasingly identified focal…

    2021, Resource, Web Page

  23. Open Justice Reforms During a Pandemic: Lessons and Challenges from Latin America and the Caribbean (Webinar Recording)

    As justice systems in Latin America face severe and complex problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, OGP and Red Internacional…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

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  25. Global Dialogue of Justice Leaders: Justice for All for a Fair, Resilient, and Inclusive Response

    Justice leaders from around the world came together to discuss strategies and plans to increase justice as part of COVID-19…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  26. Community Justice: Putting People First

    From community-based justice centers to alternative justice systems rooted in culture and tradition, learn why community justice models are great…

    2021, Perspective, Web Page


Commitments


Recent Posts

pre-summit thematic event – graphic

Pre-Summit OGP Thematic Events

Ahead of the 2021 OGP Global Summit and the U.S.-led Summit for Democracy, the OGP Support Unit and partners are hosting a series of thematic events around priority areas, including justice, anti-corruption (beneficial ownership transparency), and gender and inclusion.

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Renewing Democracy – A Decade of OGP

In less than a month, two summits will take place on democracy. The first, the White House Summit for Democracy will deal with global threats including the rise of authoritarianism and feature the voices of...

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OGP Policy Area Fact Sheets

Explore global progress and member-level examples of open government work in each of the selected policy areas.

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2021 IRM Week Infographics

To contribute to reflections on the 10 year anniversary of OGP and leading up to the 7th OGP Global Summit hosted by the Republic of Korea, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is sharing four key learning from recent findings of…

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