Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

IS YOUR JUSTICE SECTOR OPEN?

IT IS FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE DYSFUNCTIONAL IF IT IS NOT.

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How does one identify a dysfunctional legal system? Simple! Look for impunity in instances of:

 

* the sexual abuse of children,

 

* the rape of women,

 

* the abuse and murder of those from ethnic minorities,

 

* corruption in government,

 

* environmental destruction for profit,

 

* illegal appropriation of land and other illicit dispossession,

 

* in-custody abuse, detention/control orders without trial and unfair/secret trials, etc.

 

Other indicators are:

* the rape and sexual exploitation of female suspects by police,

 

* the beating and jailing of lawyers who defend their clients too vigorously,

 

* the perversion of justice by corrupt judges and police,

 

* extortion by prosecutors that leaves families homeless and penniless,

 

* the torturing and shooting of suspects by police,

 

* the hijacking of legal systems to legitimise the use of political power to repress,

 

* the destruction of business, employment and livelihoods by corrupt police, prosecutors and judges,

 

* the jailing on trumped-up charges of innocents, many of whom are family breadwinners, by the criminal and corrupt.

 

Dysfunctional legal systems are, effectively, national immune systems that do not work. They often legitimise crime, rather than combat it.

 

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Human beings must never be ignobly reduced to primarily being units to produce or gratify, and/or units that consume or are gratified. We are all, without exception, deserving of dignity and justice.

 

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Deep-Rooting Justice

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Money/Expertise Welcomed for Justice 

OpenTrial operates efficiently and strategically 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 effort by making a donation or loan to OpenTrial, by buying shares in OpenTrial and/or contributing your time and expertise.

You are invited to email us at info[at]opentrial.org to find out more.

Lexposé™

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?

Find out more about Lexposé here.

Aware of a denial of fair trials that is systemic? Email us at: info[at]opentrial.org . We are keen to hear from you. 

 

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Quote on the State of Justice:

"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.

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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.

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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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