Open Justice Policy

The justice system is fundamental for democracy. To ensure citizen confidence, to transparent all its actions and to ensure the legitimacy of judicial decisions, the Judicial Branch joined the worldwide effort to promote open government partnership with the creation of an institutional policy of Open Justice, unique in the region, which promotes judicial management based on transparency, citizen participation and institutional collaboration. It will benefit all users of the Judicial Branch.

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The Open Justice Policy comes to solve problems such as the delegitimization of the Judicial Branch, due to acts of corruption, lack of transparency in their actions and lack of accountability. The implementation of the Open Justice policy expands and improves the way in which the population can obtain information about the institutional work, which facilitates the accountability, the public debate and citizen participation. Likewise, meeting spaces and communication channels are created, so that citizens can assume an active role in the design, proposals and policies making processes of the Judicial Branch. Recovering the confidence of citizens and preventing acts of corruption are the main goals of the Open Justice policy.

The Costa Rican Judicial Branch, through the National Commission of the Justice Administration Improvement (CONAMAJ), is the first to implement an Open Justice policy in the world. This policy aims to transparent the management of the Judiciary for the fulfillment of access to information through opening data processes, and also seeks to guarantee the participation of civil society in the design, execution, evaluation of processes, policies and services, and promotes spaces and co-creation mechanisms, alliances and networks for collaborative work. It aims for a quality public service that responds to the needs of citizens.

In order to ensure that this innovation is sustained over time, a strategic action plan was drawn up with specific objectives, goals and indicators, through which the policy will be monitored for the next 5 years. In addition, this strategic action plan was included in the strategic plan of the Judicial Branch itself and the Open Justice topic was placed as one of the institutional strategic axes.

The judiciary has been immersed in a process of paradigm change that seeks to open up and seeks to put as the center of its work the institution users and civil society, taking into account the contributions that society can generate for the improvement of the work performed in the different areas of the institution, benefiting all users of the services that the Judicial system offers.

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Year: 2018
Level of government: National/Federal government


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