A global web-based justice reporting system

A global web-based justice reporting system 30 October 2012

Online system where users evaluate court procedures and outcomes to improve justice systems

JusticeScope (JS) will foster justice-system improvement by creating transparency from below: Using guided, detailed questionnaires, JS will enable individuals to report selected rule-of-law violations by justice-system actors (police, prosecutors, judges, correctional personnel); it will allow litigants in routine civil matters (divorce and automobile-accident injuries, the most common types of civil litigation) to report outcomes (type, value) and their cost (time, money); it will similarly enable criminal defendants and convicted individuals to document case outcomes, process variables, and costs.

JS will aggregate, analyse, and report questionnaire responses. Its reports will extend and enrich the historical record, reveal current patterns and trends, pinpoint systemic weaknesses, and document the scope and direction of needed reforms. For civil litigants and criminal defendants, JS will also provide data on outcome ranges and costs, predictive variables, and consistency levels; over time, JS should be able to empower some litigants with case-predictive tools. To ensure definitional consistency, quantifiability, and cross-jurisdictional comparison, all JS users will be required to respond to a detailed, path-based questionnaire; users reporting some types of rule-of-law violations will also be able to submit brief incident accounts and, where available, photographs and other documentation. To protect against adverse consequences from reporting, JS will guarantee anonymity to users reporting rule-of-law violations. To ensure accuracy, users (or their legal representatives) will typically report only their own experiences; users will also be permitted to report for deceased, incarcerated, or missing persons when information to protect against duplicative reporting is provided.

Six successful innovations and six innovative ideas were nominated for the 2012 Innovating Justice Awards held on 2 November 2012. We feature them in a series of insights on the HiiL website.

Read about this original innovative idea on the Innovating Justice website.