Topic: Access to Justice

Litigation

Etxebarria v. Spain

A challenge to Spain’s anti-terrorism detention regulations argues that holding two suspects incommunicado without independent legal and medical advice created conditions for abuse.

October 06, 2014
Litigation

Arrest Rights Challenge

In Poland, many accused don’t have access to a lawyer until the investigation into their case has been completed. This brief challenges the practice, which undermines the fundamental right to a fair trial.

December 01, 2011
Press release

Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination

Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.

December 10, 2010
Press release

Presumption of Innocence in Mexico Project Launches Studies on Pretrial Detention

Mexico's widespread overuse of pretrial detention is costly, harmful, and ineffective. It is also unjust. To combat this problem, the Open Society Justice Initiative today launched a series of publications on pretrial justice in coordination with...

August 26, 2010
Press release

Ukraine Public Defender Office Promotes Rights of the Accused

A newly opened public defender office—a joint project of the Open Society Justice Initiative and two other civil society groups—recorded a major success last week when it was assured by Regional Director of Kharkiv Police that local police will...

December 21, 2006
Press release

Mexico Plans Its First Pretrial Services Agency

Mexican officials gathered in Chihuahua to plan the country's first pretrial services agency at a meeting organized and led by the Open Society Justice Initiative and its Mexican partner organization, Renace.

November 07, 2006
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Hosts Pretrial Detention Workshop

In an effort to advance a common and global ability to diagnose problems in pretrial detention and measure the impact of efforts to change pretrial detention practices, the Open Society Justice Initiative is hosting a two-day workshop.

September 05, 2005
Press release

Georgia's First Public Defender Office Opens in Tbilisi

Georgia’s first public defender office will provide legal aid for criminal defendants unable to afford a lawyer thanks to a pilot program established with technical assistance from the Open Society Justice Initiative and others.

June 21, 2005
Press release

Momentum for Legal Aid Reform Builds Across Europe and Beyond

The Second European Access to Justice Forum, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Public Interest Law Initiative, met to discuss the need to reform legal aid systems.

February 28, 2005
Press release

AIDS Conference Looks at Pretrial Detention as a Public Health Issue

Two sessions at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City explored the role of pretrial detention in spreading disease.

September 10, 2008
Press release

Draft Legal Aid Law Unveiled in Kyrgyzstan

The administration of the president of Kyrgyzstan today officially presented a new draft law on legal aid, with input from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

May 15, 2007
Fact Sheet

Justice 2015: Successful Models for Partnership and Implementation

Around the world, efforts to strengthen access to justice are having a tangible impact on development. This fact sheet illustrates how partnerships involving government, business, civil society, and others are key to success.

March 2013
First page of PDF with filename: fact-sheet-justice-implementation-partnerships-20130319.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Mexico

Over 40 percent of prisoners in Mexico are awaiting trial. To address the problem, the state of Morelos worked with the Open Society Justice Initiative to establish a program to manage supervised pretrial release.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Mexico 022013.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and the Risk of Torture

Of the nearly ten million people in detention around the world, those held before trial or conviction are most at risk of torture.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-detention-and-torture-20130220.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Justice and Paralegals in Sierra Leone

The majority of Sierra Leone's prison population is in pretrial detention. To reduce the numbers, a local NGO is piloting a prorgam that provides early legal assistance to criminal defendants.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Sierra Leone 02142013.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and Health

The excessive use of pretrial detention leads to overcrowded, dirty, chaotic, and violent environments where pretrial detainees, who have not been convicted, are at risk of contracting disease.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-detention-health-fr_0.pdf
Publication

Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment

Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.

September 2013
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiatives-legal-empowerment-20140102.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Africa

Organizations across the region are working to combat excessive pretrial detention. Find out where and how.

October 2012
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-gcptj-africa-10262012.pdf
Report

Improving Pretrial Justice: The Roles of Lawyers and Paralegals

This report looks at the positive impact that early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have on pretrial justice and provides a guide to the ways in which lawyer and paralegal schemes can be set up.

April 2012 | Ed Cape
First page of PDF with filename: improving-pretrial-justice-20120416.pdf
Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: Right to Legal Aid

Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with research on the right to legal aid for suspects and accused persons.

April 2013
First page of PDF with filename: arrest-rights-template-legal-aid-20130412.pdf
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