Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

By: Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to justice has been a small part of these action plans. However, thanks to increased global activity around access to justice, there is growing interest by many governments and civil society leaders to better link justice with open government.

This paper examines where the gaps are within 60 OGP countries, using the dataset found in the World Justice Project’s Global Insights on Access to Justice 2019. Based on these findings, we offer suggestions on how countries can use their OGP action plans to improve access to justice and highlight ambitious or successful existing commitments.

This paper is the first of three in a series on justice released as a part of the Open Government Partnership Global Report. The series aims to highlight the important synergies between justice and open government and the ways in which countries can use OGP to make accountable, credible improvements to their justice systems.