Monday, 30th March 2015

IS YOUR JUSTICE SECTOR OPEN?

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

OpenTrial - using modern technology to advance transparency & accountability & democratise the law.

 

At OpenTrial we are passionate about justice - about lifting individuals, families, communities and societies out of the retarding mire of injustice. Injustice that widely manifests itself as human rights abuse.

 

Dysfunctional legal systems are, effectively, national immune systems that do not work. These sham legal systems are often commandeered to condone and confer legitimacy on criminality, rather than to combat it. Successful strategies for change must acknowledge this and develop a dynamic to confront it.

 

We are deeply perturbed by what we see as the entrenched, ponderous, intractable and far from effective rule-of-law (RoL) industry. Crucially, because the industry's very lack of accountability mimics that of dysfunctional legal systems, it can never provide solutions. Indeed, the bureaucratic, careerist, self-serving model of many RoL practitioners is anything but solution-oriented and is incompatible with spreading justice. Instead, it renders the undeservedly well-funded, top-down, technocratic RoL industry anodyne and sanitises it, thus, taking the humanity and zeal out of lifting billions out of exploitation, abuse and poverty.

 

Fair trials are the nub, the very kernel of civilisation. Where justice is perverted by agents of the state, civilisation is cheapened and retarded.

 

 There is a moral imperative to get things right. Striving for justice has to be a dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented vocation based on empathy.

 

At OpenTrial we are selflessly open about our innovative methods to advance integrity in the cause of justice and humanity - an openness that also tests the integrity of the RoL and human rights industry. Work with us to move the world to a position of justice by default, email us at: info[at]opentrial.org .

 

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Magna Carta 1215, Article 40: "......... to no one deny or delay right or justice". In 2015, let's make that: no one, anywhere and without exception!

 

 

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Lindsay Sandiford - What price a life?

Updated: 16th Jan. 2015 -  Is it possible to put a price on a human life? In Indonesia it is. There, the price of a life is negotiated in the same way that one might haggle over a piece of meat in a market. The reason? Indonesia does not have a properly functioning system to deal with criminality. The criminal have largely commandeered the application of the law to serve their own scurrilous ends....

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Red Business Warning: Russia

In-house Writer May-28-2012

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

Australia - "seen to be done": the principle of open justice

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The Rule of Law – essential for national development

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Trial Monitoring Apps

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Modern technology has the potential to transform legal systems for the better.

One of our focuses is on the production of trial monitoring apps. We adapt software to enable trials to be monitored using checklists on smartphones and tablets, whether online or offline. The results of the monitoring are sent for analysis when there is an internet connection, and reports are produced. 

 

From around the world we are seeking individuals with the necessary passion and expertise, and in-country partner organisations to work with us on this important project. Those interested are requested to email us at: info[at]opentrial.org .

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.

 

Find out more about Lexposé here.

 

If you too want to see justice sectors exhibit integrity, independence, diligence, equality and impartiality, as they should, then why not get in touch? Email us at: info[at]opentrial.org . We are keen to hear from you. 

 

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"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

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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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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.

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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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