Justice Sector

The justice sector is crucial in maintaining accountability. At the same time, justice sector institutions can be part of the corruption problem.

Corruption reduces the accessibility and quality of justice and the legitimacy of not only justice sector institutions but the state more generally. By undermining contract enforcement and property rights, corruption in the justice sector can negatively affect much needed investment in developing countries.

U4 examines approaches to improve justice sector integrity such as the monitoring of judicial reform processes and social accountability mechanisms. The rationale and effectiveness of specialised anti-corruption tribunals will also be explored. Several publications are forthcoming in 2013 and beyond.

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Author: Transparency International
Release date: January 2007

Global Corruption Report : Corruption and Judicial Systems

Transparency International's 2007 Report does a solid job of introducing issues related to judicial integrity. Specific topics covered : independence and political interference; accountability of judges; and lessons learned about fighting judicial corruption. There are also country reports describing the state of judicial corruption in those contexts.

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Author: Transparency International
Release date: January 2007

Transparency International Advocacy Toolkit: Combating Corruption in Judicial Systems

This guide aims to help TI chapters and other civil society groups to undertake effective advocacy to combat judicial corruption. In addition to providing basic advice about conducting advocacy, it provides examples from TI chapters of work on judicial corruption, including monitoring the process of selecting Supreme Court judges (Equador), monitoring actual cases (Ghana) and diagnosing corruption problems (Nicaragua). It also includes a Diagnostic Checklist for Assessing Safeguards against Judicial Corruption.

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