The Mobile Judge: An example of finding, selecting and scaling up innovations

The Mobile Judge: An example of finding, selecting and scaling up innovations

Last year, HiiL’s scouting efforts brought us to a very interesting justice innovation in Mozambique a country where confidence in the traditional court system is not high. A local TV program, The Mobile Judge, provided an effective alternative mechanism to resolve (and prevent) conflicts relating to the work floor. People with a justice problem connected with work could call the show to share the problem. The talk show works to resolve it on air. For difficult cases, the television crew can visit people or locations. Suddenly, there was another path to walk for people facing a work-related dispute. Other types of disputes soon followed suit. The Mobile Judge runs every day during lunch as part of a very successful TV program.

The initiative was developed by Martinho Ernesto, celebrity journalist and the WageIndicator Foundation. It garnered 116 votes during the online voting round and was picked up by the winners of the previous year as a wildcard nominee for the Award. The 5 jury members saw strong potential in this format. Among six other finalists, Martinho pitched the innovation in The Hague during the 2013 Innovating Justice Forum.

Since then, HiiL has been working with Mobile Judge to further develop the idea. The format has now been improved by combining it with WageIndicator Foundation’s data and their automated complaint forms. A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed with Miramar, the commercial TV station that has now committed to take this format to at least one other country (Brazil or Angola are currently under consideration). The next steps in the scaling up process promises to be even more exciting and we are looking forward to seeing them at the Innovating Justice Forum again this year.

HiiL aims to be useful for all its network members but this example will hopefully give you a better understanding of what scouting, selection and scaling up can mean in practice.