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OpenTrial - equity's guardian

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10:

"Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal,

in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."

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Stop Failing the Five Billion!

When the law protects, people can thrive. But, in the developing world the law is often abused by officials,

and this seriously handicaps families and entire societies.

Transparency and accountability are the answer.

OpenTrial harnesses modern technology to help ensure all people are treated with dignity and respect by 'the law'.

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Legal systems featured on this site, listed here by country:

Australia.... Bahrain.... Dominican Republic.... Indonesia.... Iraq.... Japan.... Kenya.... Nigeria.... Pakistan.... South Africa.... Ukraine.... United Kingdom.... United States of America.... Zimbabwe


Specially featured unfair legal processes on this site:

Dominican Republic - Innocent Verdict not Complied with,

Elite Fraud & Impunity in Britain,

Fleecing of an Elderly Immigrant in Tasmania

Case of Brian J. Peixoto in the U.S.

Extortion in Bali by Legal System Mafia, Indonesia,

Anand Krishna's Trial in Indonesia,

Medics on Trial in Bahrain,

Trial of Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine

Trial of Phylis Omido in Kenya

Case of Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe

Case of Abdullah al-Qahtani in Iraq

N.B: OpenTrial is not in a position to endorse or vouch for the individuals whose cases we detail; but we do uphold their right to legal process

Unfair legal processes featured on other sites

The right to a fair trial and equality before the law are absolutely paramount

They apply regardless of circumstances of birth, upbringing, education, friendship ties to whomsoever is in power, religion, ideology and point of view, sex, ethnicity, race, caste, disability, age, sexual orientation, wealth, status, criminality, state of mental health, etc. They should apply to all without exception. Find out more using these links:

Fair Trials

Open Justice

Rule of Law and Human Rights

International Conventions

Useful documents

Countering legal system corruption and violence in the cause of justice

No system is perfect; but the imperfections in legal systems can have serious consequences for individuals and society.

Unfortunately, many legal systems in the developing world are gravely flawed through being inappropriate grafts that are riddled with corruption and violence.

Individual cases of injustice are emotive and can be heartbreaking; but system change, albeit less immediately appealing, will save the most from violation and injustice.

The rule of law can only prevail and fair trials be conducted where judges, police, prosecutors, lawyers and the legal system itself are made accountable.

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"In the darkness of secrecy, sinister and evil in every shape shall have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks applicable to judicial injustice operate. Where there is no publicity, there is no justice. Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial." Jeremy Bentham, English Philosopher

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