Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency

Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency

Carlos E. Jiménez-Gómez (Department of Justice of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain) and Mila Gascó-Hernández (Institute of Public Governance and Management, ESADE Business and Law School, Spain)
Release Date: August, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 296
ISBN13: 9781522507178|ISBN10: 1522507175|EISBN13: 9781522507185|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0717-8

Description

Open government initiatives have become a defining goal for public administrators around the world. However, progress is still necessary outside of the executive and legislative sectors.

Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the implementation of open government within the judiciary field, emphasizing the effectiveness and accountability achieved through these actions. Highlighting the application of open government concepts in a global context, this book is ideally designed for public officials, researchers, professionals, and practitioners interested in the improvement of governance and democracy.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Justice
  • High Courts
  • Judicial Records
  • Lay Adjudication
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Open Judiciary
  • Semi-Open Data
  • Website Portals

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributors in political science and law, but also computers and electronics, examine the concept of openness in the judiciary, and identify and analyze worldwide initiatives that focus on opening judicial organizations by making them more transparent and collaborative/participatory. After overview chapters, they cover open justice in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Among the topics are open and transparent judicial records in the digital age: applying principles and performance measures, an analysis of a lay adjudication system and open judiciary: the new Japanese lay adjudication system, digitalizing police requirements: opening up justice through collaborative initiatives, and open data for open justice in seven Latin American countries.

– Protoview Reviews

In the broader movement to bring forward-thinking governing principles to the global table, leaders have made steady progress in relation to the laws they make and execute. This volume in the Advances in Public Policy and Administration (APPA) series examines the work that needs to be done on the judicial end in order to fulfill the vision of a more modern, open government.
Chapters are arranged into four sections, three of which focus individually on the pursuit of open justice throughout the regions of Asia, Europe, and Latin America. An overview precedes these sections and provides a good summation of the concepts of open judiciary best practices, performance measures, citizen participation, records access, and more. The volume includes more specific topics such as the challenges of implementing open justice in a highly controlled Chinese society, collaborative justice administration in Spain, and creating ways to assess how technology works to create open justice throughout Latin America.
Like other titles in the series, chapters begin with an abstract to summarize the impetus for the research to follow. Information is presented in concise paragraphs aided by the occasional use of bullet points, tables, headings and subheadings, key terms and definitions, and more.
References are listed at the end of each chapter and are compiled at the volume’s end, as well. End pages also include brief contributor biographies and an index. This reference can be an essential source for students, policy-makers, and other professionals with an interest in global justice issues, transparent government, and related topics.

– ARBA Staff Reviewer

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Carlos E. Jiménez-Gómez is a Government-Justice specialist with experience in innovative and strategic projects related IT adoption by public organizations, mainly in Justice field, where he has been working since 1991. Since 2007 he has been working on the functional design and implementation of the several times awarded e-Justice system of the Department of Justice of Catalonia, in Spain. He is a Computer Engineer with a MSc. on Information and Knowledge Society, and Postgraduate degree on Information Systems Management. He also does research in his fields of interest that include e-Justice, Open Judiciary, Interoperability and Smart Government. He collaborates with several Universities, and he belongs to several scientific committees. He is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, and Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society.
Mila Gascó-Hernández holds a MBA and a Ph. D. in public policy evaluation. She is a senior researcher at the ESADE's Institute of Public Governance and Management, where she is in charge of the e-governance, open government and smart cities areas of research. For seven years, she was a senior analyst at the International Institute on Governance of Catalonia. She has also taught at different universities and has done a lot of consulting work with different types of organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, the Mayor’s Office in Valencia (Venezuela), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the City Council and the Provincial Council of Barcelona, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Latin American Centre on Management for Development, the World E-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, the Inter-American Development Bank, or Google.