An example: Pre-trial detention can sometimes last for years, with some detainees serving longer pre-trial imprisonment than their maximum possible sentence. During the course of an average year, approximately 15 million people are detained pre-trial. The current 3.3 million pre-trial detainees represent an awful waste of human potential that comes at a great cost to governments, taxpayers, families and communities, particularly since an estimated 10,000 of them die each month. Modern technology can be used to inexpensively ensure police, prosecutors, judges, NGOs, defendants, defendants' supporters, etc. understand due process regulations and how they apply to pre-trial detention. Public money is saved by reducing pre-trial detention costs. Overcrowding in prisons and the socio-economic costs of pre-trial detention are avoided.
Our strategies to combat such costly injustice are part of a long-overdue paradigm shift in an industry that is often all too well endowed, but short on results. They advance humanity in that they focus on changing legal systems through accountability - accountability that comes from transparency and information provision. They are innovative, dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented and cost-effective.
The US must put its own house in order if it is to convincingly present itself as an exemplar to the world. It must do much more to ensure: equal access to and equality before the courts, the right to a fair and public hearing, the right to the presumption of innocence and prohibition on self-incrimination, and the right that punishment is proportionate. ...
The Honourable J J Spigelman, then Chief Justice of New South Wales, Australia, expounds on the principle of open justice in Australia with reference to other common law jurisdicti...
From various sources: the state of the Bolivian legal system and recommendations for reform. ...
According to Adam Smith in his Lectures on Jurisprudence, the factor that “greatly retarded commerce was the imperfection of the law and the uncertainty in its application”. Entren...
Legal systems will mete out justice, if they come under sufficient public scrutiny.
Many 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.
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 by clicking here.
"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.
Criminal records are aimed at protecting society from criminals; but, if a proper balance is not struck, they can victimise the innocent, especially where data from dysfunctional justice sectors are included. ...
Eight hundred years after Magna Carta was sealed to rein in the power of the king, it is modern-day barons in banking, commerce, public office and the media who appear to be above the law and, in the process, are undermining democracy and threatening to rend Britain asunder. ...
Updated: 24th April, 2015 - Is it possible to put a price on a human life? In Indonesia it is. In 2006, for example, the judge who sentenced Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to death, would have commuted the sentence for a A$133,000 bribe. Thus, the price of a life i...
If you thought weak rule of law only exists in the developing world, think again. Today, in the seriously compromised US legal system, an admission of guilt under duress is regularly accepted as sufficient proof of guilt. No longer is the emphasis on fair trials, as judicial proc...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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