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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 adva...
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