Wednesday, 29th July 2015





OpenTrial - focuses on sustainable answers that harness modern technology to advance transparency and, therefore, create a Dynamic for Justice™


At OpenTrial we are passionate about justice - about lifting individuals, families, communities and societies out of the retarding mire of injustice. Injustice that widely manifests itself as human rights abuse.


Dysfunctional legal systems are, effectively, national immune systems that do not work. These sham legal systems are often commandeered to condone and confer legitimacy on criminality, rather than to combat it. Successful strategies for change must acknowledge this and develop a dynamic to confront, what amounts to, institutionalised criminality.


We are anxious to see the seemingly intractable and far from effective rule-of-law (RoL) industry, whose very lack of accountability seems to mimic that of dysfunctional legal systems, adopt far more realistic methods to advance justice. Those practitioners hailing from the cloistered citadels of academia and exhibiting a bureaucratic, careerist, self-serving approach, in this rather well-funded, but top-down, technocratic industry, are most unlikely to offer solutions to injustice.  Instead, they are in danger of sanitising and rendering anodyne, what should be a dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented vocation based on empathy and driven by humanity and zeal, to lift billions out of exploitation, abuse and poverty.



Fair trials are the nub, the very kernel of civilisation. Where justice is perverted by agents of the state, civilisation is cheapened and retarded. See the specially featured unfair legal processes on our sister site:


 There is a moral imperative to get things right. Work with us to spread the Dynamic for Justice™. Email us now at: info[at] , and/or, better still, donate to our work here:



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Given the poor state of knowledge and expertise in the rule-of-law field, with regard to advancing justice and the wide-ranging and deeply adverse effects of injustice, OpenTrial often feels disinclined to confidently recommend publications. However, there is one exception: The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence - by Gary A. Haugen. Read our review by clicking on the 'Publications' tab.

UK: gagging courts & undermining the rule of law

Britain's Supreme Court went into secret session for the first time ever on 21st March, 2103 and the British government's Orwellianly titled 'Justice and Security Bill', by excluding the litigant, their lawyers, the public and the press from courtroom proceedings, further erodes bedrock principles of open justice and equality before the law, thus weakening Government accountability and, more worry...


The State of US Justice

Super User May-24-2012

If you thought weak rule of law only exists in the developing world, think again, for here are some excellent, eye-opening books that expose the shocking erosion of the rule of law in the U.S. ...

Torture and extra-judicial killings in Nigeria spell anarchy, not democracy

Osita Ninamani Ogbu March-30-2012

Politically motivated assassinations, thuggery, banditry, the menace of armed robbery and other violent crimes, and serious allegations of government involvement in some cases of judicial killing...

Strategic Indonesia & the Rule of Law

Our Correspondent May-27-2012

We look at why Indonesia is important in the global scheme of things and how endemic legal system corruption and violence undermine the rule of law in such a strategic country. ...

Trial Monitoring Apps & More

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Modern technology has the potential to save thousands daily in the developing world from crime, torture and unfair trials.


One of our focuses is on the production of smartphone apps that help ensure correct crime investigation, pre-trial treatment and court trials. The apps inform, provide checklists and have a reporting facility. It is intended that supporters of victims of crime, those accused of crime, lawyers, NGOs, activists, police, judges, prosecutors, trial monitors, etc. will make the very most of them.


The checklists work both off-line and on-line; but their results can be sent for data collection and analyses only where there is an internet connection. The reports produced reveal patterns of incorrect procedure, mistreatment and perversions of justice. The aim is to improve general awareness of correct criminal procedures and to inform the public of flaws, so that maximum and directed pressure can be applied to tackle legal system dysfunction.


Rather than being a project that tackles just one aspect of legal system dysfunction in isolation and, therefore, offers rather dubious value for money, our projects are both sustainable and dynamics-changing in order to produce maximum and enduring results (a full description will be provided on request to: info(at) )


You are invited to donate to the cost of producing and promoting the use of our ground-breaking apps that will advance justice through the application of societal pressure for legal system reform in countries around the world.



Legal systems will mete out justice, if they come under sufficient public scrutiny.

Most do not!

A legal system should embody and give expression to its society's highest values.

A society without a properly functioning legal system is like a body without a good immune system.

The result is poor societal health: abuse, conflicts of interest, corruption, cronyism, rights violations, torture - as well as social, political and economic retardation, in both the developed and the developing worlds.

Modern technology offers a cure for ailing systems.

Just as social networking has added a whole new dimension to communication, so Lexposé adds a whole new dimension to legal systems.

It's an innovative adjunct, that also uses social networking. It improves transparency and is a tool for bringing legal systems to account so that they properly serve society.

It profiles police, judges and prosecutors, as well as their institutions.

Wealth audits, salaries, political links, conflicts of interest, training, career paths and much more, can be accessed online.

Public reviews of police, judge and prosecutor conduct will also be accessed online.

By keeping legal system players under open, public scrutiny, it encourages integrity, independence, diligence, equality and impartiality – qualities essential for justice.

Its mandate is to gather and moderate information sensitively and to the highest standards.

Its application is worldwide.

Lexposé will be an invaluable tool for victims of injustice and their friends and families, lawyers, justice/human rights NGOs, consulates, religious and humanitarian groups, academics and students, amongst many others.


Find out more about Lexposé here. To get in touch with us about this, email us at: info[at] 



"While judicial systems are visibly present in most countries, those that work reasonably well are found in relatively few."- Robert Sherwood,  University of California in Berkeley.


Too often, aided by opacity, the arm of the law is crooked and needs correcting.


Injustice Alerts

Belarus: EU acts against aberrant judges

The European Union penalises politically compliant judges in Belarus. ...

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Injustice Alerts

Red Travel/Business Warning: Bali, Indonesia.

Making a mockery of the Indonesian justice system, corrupt elements in the police and prosecution service, that concoct criminal cases and e...

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Injustice Alerts

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko denied a fair trial

22nd February, 2014 - Yulia Tymoshenko was released from her seven-year prison sentence. 2012 - When Tymoshenko launched a hunger strike af...

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Reforming Justice

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by Livingston Armytage

The rule-of-law industry appears not to know how to get to where it might want to go, nor where it is going, and so cannot tell whether it has arrived.

“Despite massive ongoing investment in both judicial reform and evaluative endeavours, we remain unable to demonstrate success.”

"Deep down we do not know what we are doing," admits a practitioner. Livingston Armytage proposes a paradigm shift.

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In the developing world, which crimes do you think are feared the most: those committed by ordinary citizens or those committed by law enforcement agencies?

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The OpenTrial™ Justice Award

Contact us now to nominate a judge, police chief or prosecutor who has shown outstanding courage in applying integrity, diligence and impartiality in his/her work.

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Judge Albertina Ho of Indonesia, is nominated for having the courage and integrity to, amongst other things, convict former, mid-level tax official Gayus Tambunan of corruption and for presiding over the case of disgraced prosecutor, Cirus Sinaga, who attempted to help Gayus escape justice by leaking sensitive documents. Her courage now appears to be feared  by the corrupt and religious-intolerant.

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Lover of Justice & Truth

What if we, in this acquisitive and ignoble age, were to revive the ethic of Aristides  "The Just" (530 - 468 B.C.)? A quiet, steady man who loved justice and truth, he was not interested in increasing his own wealth or prestige and despised mercenary motives in public men.

Despite all the trophies he won, he was most proud of the fact that he did not make any profit out of public service. Compare that with the feathering of nests, revolving doors, etc. of today. Read more: Oath for Justice


Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10: "Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."



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