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 are common place. The inability of the Nigerian security apparatuses to preserve lives and property has caused vigilante groups to spring up. These use torture to extract confessions from suspects, who ma...
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...
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...
OpenTrial operates strategically and efficiently, as if facing all the trials and rigours of the business world. This approach helps us best deal with the inherent challenges and achieve the maximum for every input. And, we are earning recognition from luminaries around the world. However, to bring justice to the deprived and afflicted around the globe, we still have much to do.
Modern technology offers huge potential to deeply root justice in societies. It makes possible transparency and accountability to civil society like never before and is our focus. More details can be found on this website.
We are well aware of the challenge we are taking on, after all, justice systems are probably the most entrenched, intractable, conservative, fuddy-duddy, aloof, mystique-riddled systems on earth! Our work is not for the faint-hearted; but change is absolutely essential if millions around the globe are to be lifted out of poverty and abuse.
You can be part of this transformational humanitarian effort by helping to fund OpenTrial, contributing your time and expertise, commissioning articles from us and/or inviting us for public-speaking engagements. Please email us at: info[at]opentrial.org .
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.
If you too want to see justice sectors exhibit integrity, independence, diligence, equality and impartiality, as they should, then why not get in touch?
Aware of a denial of fair trials that is systemic? Email us at: info[at]opentrial.org . We are keen to hear from you.
"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.
In building the rule of law in a nation, the law's interface with society is vital, and one ignores it, not only at the peril of the rule-of-law programme in question; but, more importantly, at the peril of the nation's citizens' too. There is, therefore, a moral imperative, if n...
Openness, though often resisted by British courts, advanced after the Court of Appeal reviewed cases from Canada, the US, New Zealand and South Africa. Another tediously slow step was taken, with t.v. cameras being allowed to film proceedings in the Supreme Court from 31st Octobe...
Anand Krishna has been jailed, despite the irregularities in his case and the growing list of discredited judges. Does this case represent a crossroads for Indonesia? It certainly offers valuable insights into judge integrity, impartiality and competence; the appointment and post...
UPDATED: MARCH, 2014. In the case of Lindsay Sandiford and others like it, it needs to be borne in mind that the death penalty does not, of course, deter drug-trafficking criminals. Furthermore because convictions in Indonesian courts tend to be so unsafe due to, not only incompe...
This abridged version of Osita Ninamani Ogbu’s paper explains how vital it is that civil society is engaged in the fight against corruption in Nigeria, and looks at the challenges of bringing this about. ...
January, 2014: abuse continues with a crackdown on the media. Rihana al Mousawi was working peacefully with the Salvation Army ambulance, helping the injured during the demonstrations in Bahrain, until she was arrested and then beaten, tortured and humiliated.in custody. From 20...
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.
We have a nomination for Judge Albertina Ho of Indonesia, 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.
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?
Reforming Justice 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.
Click here: Reforming Justice - a review
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