In a number of jurisdictions, the courts have held that the public access principle is engaged by aspects of the court process beyond mere access to the court to hear oral evidence. A wide range of information generated in relation to court proceedings has been held to be subject to the public access principle and, consequently, liable to be disclosed to a third party - subject to any relevant cou...
The Honourable J J Spigelman, then Chief Justice of New South Wales, Australia, expounds on the principle of open justice in Australia with reference to other common law jurisdicti...
According to Adam Smith in his Lectures on Jurisprudence, the factor that “greatly retarded commerce was the imperfection of the law and the uncertainty in its application”. Entren...
From various sources: the state of the Bolivian legal system and recommendations for reform. ...
In Paraguay, for example, our basic fair trial app has had a very good reception from lawyers, judges, a member of the Chamber of Criminal Appeals and members of the Supreme Court. Now, in order to develop more sophisticated smartphone apps that will help ensure fair legal process and, thus, deter torture, rape, beatings, extortion and other in-custody abuse, we are endeavouring to raise funds. One way we are doing this is via Indiegogo. You can find out more and contribute here, or help by sharing this link with others: igg.me/at/apps-for-dignity-and-justice . Please support our efforts, as our apps will ultimately make a huge difference around the world.
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?
Denied a fair trial? Then contact us here. We want to hear from you, wherever you are.
"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.
In building the rule of law in a nation, the law's interface with society is vital, and one ignores it, not only at the peril of the rule-of-law programme in question; but, more importantly, at the peril of the nation's citizens' too. There is, therefore, a moral imperative, if n...
Openness, though often resisted by British courts, advanced after the Court of Appeal reviewed cases from Canada, the US, New Zealand and South Africa. Another tediously slow step was taken, with t.v. cameras being allowed to film proceedings in the Supreme Court from 31st Octobe...
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 crim...
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 Red Notices when abused and the conduct of rogue officers in Interpol's National Centr...
Does the case of Leader v. Facebook prove that Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University, and a fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, is right when he says, "the problem in the United States is such that one can say they no longer have the rule of law there." Indeed, the Executiv...
Making a mockery of the Indonesian justice system, corrupt elements in the police and prosecution service, that concoct criminal cases and extort, remain a threat to business people & tourists. The latest is the case of Terrence Green, whose $2 million home was taken from him...
Contact us to nominate a judge, police chief or prosecutor who has shown outstanding courage in applying integrity, diligence and impartiality in his/her work.
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.
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?
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
What if we, in this acquisitive 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