Saturday, 19th April 2014



OpenTrial.Org -  inform, engage & bring to account; the effective way to the rule of law


Simply put, OpenTrial™ stands for fair trials and equality before the law for all. To achieve this, OpenTrial™ focuses on using modern technology to publicly inform and expose in order to deter corruption, human rights abuse and injustice by police, judges and prosecutors, particularly in the developing world and the U.S. Because a blind eye is turned to such dysfunction, it is rampant. It is compliance with fair trial criteria and the upholding of legal equality that will:


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


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


stop the perversion of justice by corrupt judges and police,


stop extortion by prosecutors that leaves families homeless and penniless,


stop the torturing and shooting of suspects by police,


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


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


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


All of the above are the norm in the developing world; but receive little exposure because they are mostly perpetrated against the deprived, poorly educated and, thus, the effectively disenfranchised.


The WJP Rule of Law Index 2014, indicates that there has been a significant decline in criminal justice worldwide: 20 countries showed a significant decline in their score over last year, while none of the 99 countries in the Index demonstrated significant improvement. There has also been an overall decline shown in constraints on government, fundamental rights and civil justice. Conventional, top-down rule-of-law reform is failing humanity.


The fact is, the rule of law cannot subsist where rule-of-law programmes do not engage civil society and, where this is the case, judges, police and prosecutors are very often seen as potential violators, not protectors. The engagement of civil society with the law and public scrutiny of the justice sector are essential if in-custody and under-trial abuse are to be stopped around the world. Societal oversight of your justice sector, using modern technology, will help ensure fairness and equality before the law in aid of your country's development and the dignity of its citizens.

Contact us now to make the change.

Niall Ferguson: The Rule of Law and its Enemies

Professor Ferguson's lectures explore the role man-made institutions have played in the development of global economic growth and democracy. ...


Interpol Boss, Ronald Noble, Sees Red Over Red Notices

In-house Writer May-25-2012

2/12/13 - FTI's report added. 26/03/13 - This article was updated in the light of Mr. Ron Noble's stridency in absolving himself of any responsibility for the highly detrimental consequences of R...

Jailing the Raped in Pakistan

Firdaus Vogt September-29-2012

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...

Ousting and fleecing a foreign business partner

Super User August-23-2012

For the delectation and amusement of our readers, a satirical look at the perils of doing business in developing countries often where, because the rule of law is so weak and corruption so endemi...


fair trial app


Rights are far more likely to be upheld if people are aware of them, can apply them in practice and can report violations. We are producing smartphone apps that make this possible. Read more here. These apps (and trial-monitoring software) can be produced cheaply for any country and in any language. Support us and even work with us to create rights apps for each and every country. Make contact now!

Just the Just™

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 and join, what is a growing international movement to make that a reality in countries around the globe?


Find out more about Lexposé here.


Denied a fair trial? Then contact us now. We want to hear from you, wherever you are. 


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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.



Injustice Alerts

Belarus: EU acts against aberrant judges

The European Union penalises politically compliant judges in Belarus. ...

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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

Turkey: journalist, lawyers, et al, jailed - some released

In Turkey, some 500 students that are alleged members of terrorist groups, more than 100 journalists, 47 lawyers and thousands of Kurd sympa...

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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

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.

Fair Trial Poll

Fair Trial

What do you consider to be the chances of getting a fair trial in your country?

Less than 25%
Between 26% and 50%
Between 76% and 90%
Between 51% and 75%
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Origin of Crime Poll

Fear of Crime by Whom?

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?

Law enforcement agencies through violence, corruption and abuse of power.
Ordinary citizens
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Book Review

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: Reforming Justice - a review

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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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