Open Government Experience at Criminal Court N° 13, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a criminal court judge I felt the need to implement concrete actions to establish a new way of adjudicating in my country (Argentina) by relying on Open Government’s principles. Among some of the implemented policies, we publish all of the court's decisions, the court hearings' agenda, statistics and reports on the administration of the court and the biographical information of the court's employees. We do so by using our Twitter (@jpcyf13) and YouTube accounts.

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As justice operators in Argentina, we notice there is a lack of confidence and legitimacy within the citizenry. There are lots of factors that cause this general feeling, but the more relevant  aspects are related to an absence of transparency, citizen participation and accountability.
In order to solve this problem, in the Criminal Court N° 13 we decided to implement different strategies:
1) We keep an open source of data that can be accessed by anyone that is interested in doing so.
2) We try to provide an easier understanding of judicial decisions to the citizens by using a plain language in every decision we make.
3) We publish all of the court's decisions, the court hearings' agenda, statistics and reports on the administration of the court.

Open Data and Accountability

In this area we introduced lots of changes in our every-day work. First of all, we modernized our records by digitalizing and publishing them online. With this innovations we were able to reduce the amount of time required for some administrative duties. Also, we have decided to anonymize all the data in order to ensure people´s privacy.

Twitter

In order to share  all of our database  with the public we created a Twitter account were we published almost everything is done in the Court, from the CV´s of those we work there to complex judicial decisions. In this order, we try to keep a fluid communication in  social media to be closer to those who are interested in what we do every day.

Plain Language

We know that having a record of decisions  and sharing it is not enough. We have a firm conviction that everyone that takes interest in what we decide has the right to understand it. For doing so, we took several classes of grammar and plain language and changed the way we interact with the public. Also we created a YouTube channel and uploaded  videos to explain how the Judiciary works.

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Year: 2016
Organisation Type: Government
Level of government: Regional/State government

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