Open Data Architecture for Justice System in India

World Justice Network Society (WJNS) is proud to introduce our Open Data Architecture for Justice System in India. This architecture gives a glimpse of our though leadership in the sphere of technology enabled open data architecture that will enable members of the legal fraternity, litigants, social activists, legislators and general public to make informed decision as it relates to their socio-legal framework at national and regional level. This will enable stakeholders to make informed decisions supported by empirical evidence, as it relates to raising the curtain of judicial delays and underlying root causes by specific regions.

Justice Network - India - Architecture for Data Transparency

The architecture diagram above indicates synthesization of various data points that collaborate in the justice delivery framework. Namely:

  1. Names & details of all lawyers involved in a case matter (civil or criminal)
  2. Names & details of police officers involved in a criminal matter
  3. Names & details of all Judicial Officers (not just judges, but also clerks and others) in a case matter
  4. Stages of Court Proceeding & details of each stage and each date/hearing.

While the above data points may be available for a single case with much hard work for those who are tech savvy, knowledgeable and diligent, it is not easy for an average person, and more so, even more difficult for most people.

While a logical architecture is portrayed in a simplified diagram, the complexity originates from the diversity of the jurisdictions, variety of languages, variety of judicial complexes within each district, 750+ potential lawyer bodies/organizations, lack of availability of data from public bodies, police forces, inconsistencies across case management and judicial service delivery across India. All of the foregoing is surmounted by epic and chronic levels of corruption at all levels of the government in all branches of the government.

Justice network aims to make it easy for an average person not only to see the data for their own case matters but have actionable intelligence to be able to make the Government (the executive, the judicial and the legislative branches) accountable.

Note that the above framework may be applied to variety of jurisdiction across the world, especially where the English law is followed.