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GUIDELINES TO BUILDING OPEN AND DIGITAL JUSTICE

Citizen justice systems can act as instruments to promote public confidence in democratic institutions and respect for the rule of law. Transparency, accountability, participation, and collaboration are core principles of modern, people-centered approaches to the design of justice systems and services.

OPEN JUSTICE

 

Open justice refers to transparent and accessible judicial systems, where information related to legal processes, judicial decisions, and procedures is publicly available and understandable. This approach seeks to foster citizen participation, accountability, and trust in the justice system.

DIGITALIZATION

 

Digitization of judiciaries involves the application of technology to enhance and expedite legal processes. This includes the use of tools such as electronic case management, video conferencing for hearings, and the digitization of legal documents. The aim is to achieve a more efficient, accessible, and digitally-adapted administration of justice that meets the demands of the digital era.

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NCSC PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

NCSC, México Evalúa, and CEJA-JSCA organized the Justice Forum held parallel to the IX Summit of the Americas on the topic "Innovating to Achieve Open and Digital Justice." The participants developed a series of recommendations for responsible decision makers, planners, professionals, and observers. The recommendations provide a plan to achieve more open and digital justice systems that put people at the center of the delivery of justice services. 

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Plan Strategically

Work strategically with stakeholders to effectively plan for more open and digitally transformed judicial systems that uphold the independence of the judiciary.

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Collaborate Methodically

Integrate collaboration, a key component of digital justice, into national action plans to ensure sustained progress and interoperability.

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Invest Meaningfully

Identifying and allocating the necessary resources to implement the principles of open justice, fund sustained digital transformation, and measure the outcomes of these investments.

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Communicate Efficiently 

Implementing standards and communication channels in plain language to enhance communication with the public. 

Measure, Innovate, and Adapt

Promoting innovation in justice-sector institutions by creating an environment that encourages the use of data and a data-driven adaptation to enhance transparency, participation, and collaboration.

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OTHER RESOURCES

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THE ACTION PLAN

The Inter-American Action Plan on Democratic Governance emphasizes the integration of judicial commitments in National Action Plans, highlighting the need for transparency, public participation, and collaboration with civil society.

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THE AGENDA FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Regional Agenda for Digital Transformation provides a comprehensive roadmap and outlines 44 commitments in the key areas of digital ecosystems, connectivity, cybersecurity, and economic growth. 

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PRINCIPLES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OPEN JUSTICE

The Inter-American Action Plan on Democratic Governance emphasizes the integration of judicial commitments in National Action Plans, highlighting the need for transparency, public participation, and collaboration with civil society.

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ACTION PLAN

The Inter-American Action Plan on Democratic Governance emphasizes the integration of judicial commitments in National Action Plans, highlighting the need for transparency, public participation, and collaboration with civil society.

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THE AGENDA FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Regional Agenda for Digital Transformation provides a comprehensive roadmap and outlines 44 commitments in the key areas of digital ecosystems, connectivity, cybersecurity, and economic growth. 

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PRINCIPLES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OPEN JUSTICE

The document Principles and Recommendations for Open Justice in Ibero-American Judicial Bodies highlights transparency, participation, and collaboration as fundamental principles of open justice.

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