The US must put its own house in order if it is to convincingly present itself as an exemplar to the world. It must do much more to ensure: equal access to and equality before the courts, the right to a fair and public hearing, the right to the presumption of innocence and prohibition on self-incrimination, and the right that punishment is proportionate. ...
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...
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...
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. To get in touch with us about this, email us at: info[at]opentrial.org
"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. ...
Eight hundred years after Magna Carta was sealed to rein in the power of the king, it is modern-day barons in banking, commerce, public office and the media who appear to be above the law and, in the process, are undermining democracy and threatening to rend Britain asunder. ...
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...
This abridged version of Osita Ninamani Ogbu’s paper explains how vital it is that civil society is engaged in the fight against corruption in Nigeria, and looks at the challenges of bringing this about. ...
January, 2014: abuse continues with a crackdown on the media. Rihana al Mousawi was working peacefully with the Salvation Army ambulance, helping the injured during the demonstrations in Bahrain, until she was arrested and then beaten, tortured and humiliated.in custody. From 20...
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