Friday, 27th May 2016





1. Using modern technology to inexpensively ensure police, prosecutors, judges, NGOs, defendants, defendants' supporters, etc. understand due process regulations and how they apply to pre-trial detention.


2. Reducing pre-trial detention costs and overcrowding in prisons.


3. Reducing the socio-economic costs of pre-trial detention.


4. Advancing equity of law enforcement.


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.


Our strategies to combat such costly injustice are part of a long-overdue paradigm shift and focus on changing legal systems from without so that they change from within.


Ours is an innovative, dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented, cost-effective approach. 


We welcome enquiries from governments and NGOs in relation to the services we are able to offer to complement projects. Email: info[at]

The OpenTrial Mission

OpenTrial's mission is to harness modern technology to broaden the understanding of due process regulations and how they apply to pre-trial detention, to reduce pre-trial detention costs, overcrowding in prisons and unlawful detention's socio-economic costs, and to generally advance equity of law enforcement. ...


Jailing the Raped in Pakistan

Firdaus Vogt September-30-2012

Where women are seen as evil temptresses, the crime of rape is likely to be fudged. Such fudging confers on men the opportunity to rape with impunity. It also means that raped women are likely to...

US Judicial Process - reduced to flea-market haggling

Super User May-18-2016

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 ...

Indonesia's Flawed Justice System

In-house Writer May-24-2012

Fauziah Ibrahim, of Al Jazeera English, looks at Indonesia’s Justice System, and finds it riddled with corruption and incompetent investigative procedures, where trials and sentences are often de...

Trial Monitoring Apps & More

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Modern technology has the potential to save thousands daily in the developing world from injustice.


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. Results are sent for analysis and reports are produced to reveal patterns of incorrect procedure, mistreatment and perversions of justice. These apps improve general awareness of correct criminal procedures and inform the public of flaws, so that maximum and focused pressure can be applied to tackle legal system dysfunction in countries around the world.


Rather than being a project that tackles just one aspect of legal system dysfunction in isolation and, therefore, may not offer value for money, our projects are both sustainable and dynamics-changing in order to produce maximum and enduring results.




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 Lexposéadds 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.


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

Red Business Warning: Russia

The Economist reports that: "one in six businessmen in Russia has been prosecuted for an alleged economic crime over the past decade." ...

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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

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 for more books on justice.

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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.

albertina ho

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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