Justice policy options
As a start of this dialogue, let us reflect on the justice policies that are currently being implemented. How successful have each of these been? What can we learn from these experiences?
A lot of resources have been invested in infrastructure such as court buildings and computers. Evidence has indicated this does not lead to improved justice services for people. Many countries have tried to rewrite their codes of procedure. Ombudsmen, new tribunals and multidoor courthouses have been set up. Improving legal information, so people are empowered to enforce their rights, is another policy that has been tried.
Let us critically look at these policies and practices.
What are their shortcomings? Does their execution need improvement? What can we learn from them? Do we need to embrace new ways of working?
While we assess current policies and practices, let us also think of finding ways for the old and new to work side by side.