Monday, 27th June 2016

OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE: PROPERLY FUNCTIONING LEGAL SYSTEMS. THE COST OF INJUSTICE DERIVING FROM LEGAL SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION IS VERY HIGH AND MUST BE SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED.

 

OPENTRIAL'S FOCUS IS ON:

 

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.

 

Pre-trial detention can sometimes last for years, with some detainees serving longer pre-trial imprisonment than their maximum possible sentence. During the course of an average year, approximately 15 million people are detained pre-trial. The current 3.3 million pre-trial detainees represent an awful waste of human potential that comes at a great cost to governments, taxpayers, families and communities, particularly since an estimated 10,000 of them die each month.

 

Our strategies to combat such costly injustice are part of a long-overdue paradigm shift and focus on changing legal systems from without so that they change from within.

 

Ours is an innovative, dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented, cost-effective approach. 

 

We welcome enquiries from governments and NGOs in relation to the services we are able to offer to complement projects. Email: info[at]opentrial.org.

 

 

 

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Trial Monitoring Apps & More

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Modern technology has the potential to save thousands daily in the developing world from injustice.

 

One of our focuses is on the production of smartphone apps that help ensure correct crime investigation, pre-trial treatment and court trials. The apps inform, provide checklists and have a reporting facility. Results are sent for analysis and reports are produced to reveal patterns of incorrect procedure, mistreatment and perversions of justice. These apps improve general awareness of correct criminal procedures and inform the public of flaws, so that maximum and focused pressure can be applied to tackle legal system dysfunction in countries around the world.

 

Rather than being a project that tackles just one aspect of legal system dysfunction in isolation and, therefore, may not offer value for money, our projects are both sustainable and dynamics-changing in order to produce maximum and enduring results.

 

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Lexposé™

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 Lexposéadds 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.

 

 

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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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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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