I want to safeguard justice during my tenure. I want to contribute to improving the legal system.
Many promising innovations emerge.
New ways of working – such as online mediation and investigations of crimes by citizens – are disruptive. Justice workers from my field like certainty.
Every country has these challenges. So we can learn together:
Justice workers want to provide the best solutions to their clients. So see here how they are supported with best practices and evidence on what works to achieve outcomes.
As a Minister, I am the guardian of successful solutions for justice problems in my country.
I am supporting research into the best treatments.
The health care sector needs vaccines, non-invasive treatments and painkillers.
What would happen if the justice sector would aim for the best treatments for domestic violence? If governments and the private sector would develop the best possible work contracts, promoting fairness at work and preventing conflicts?
Like the health care sector needs great hospitals and community health care workers, I am also promoting innovation in the design of justice services.
Court leaders and providers of innovative service providers are working on these models.
Let me expand on my primary task to create the enabling environment for justice. I need to ensure that the best treatments and services can be implemented. For this I need to provide:
Innovations can only be successful if they can replace existing ways of working.
The ministry is the guardian of many rules about what justice workers can do.
Judges are supposed to adjudicate following rules of procedure (often very old ones, written down long ago).
We also have rules about what lawyers, mediators, prosecutors and even informal justice providers can do.
I am now working on a new system where justice workers can be quickly allowed to apply the best treatments to problems.
My vision is to have independent quality review of new solutions.
If a new treatment for neighbour conflicts is better than the existing court procedure, it should be able to replace the existing one.
New models for regulating legal services are emerging.
The following models exist that I can use:
Every justice sector organisation is always asking me for money.
The budget for the justice sector is based on budget proposals delivered by the police, the courts or the legal aid lawyers.
I am financing dozens of organisations in this way.
How do I ensure justice sector organisations deliver good value to the people?
This is what the experts on financing justice have to say:
I have to develop a better system for financing courts and other services.
Somehow, revenues need to come in to pay for excellent justice services to be delivered.
So where can more revenues come from? Ministers of justice in all countries have tried the following sources of revenues:
Somehow, citizens will pay. The question is how.
Financing current justice services is not enough.
The justice system also needs investments.
Court buildings or computers are needed.
Is real estate or a computer network really the core business?
Is it an investment or just the costs of services?
Better treatments for personal injury cases need to be developed.
Current ways to prevent cybercrime need to be updated.
This is the core business we need to invest in.
We can learn from other sectors.
In healthcare, the water sector or for climate change, governments focused on funding the basic technologies.
Governments funded GPS and most other tech that was scaled by Apple and Samsung later.
This happened in the past in the justice sector (remember Napoleon’s codes?).
Right now, we live in a world awash with private money.
Social impact investors are looking for great investments.
Donors are supporting security and justice programs in low income countries.
How can we mobilise that money for precious peace and valuable justice?
And how can we safeguard that private money will be used properly to achieve a public good as justice?
With over a decade of experience of supporting justice innovations from all over the world, HiiL has gathered significant insights into the kind of innovations that become the Game Changers – the opportunities for disruption that are sustainable, scalable and those that have potential for attracting investment.