Improving Accountability and Transparency in the Slovakian Judicial System


Open Courts is a project by university students Pavol Zbell and Samuel Molnár, who were frustrated with the way information was shared by the Slovakian judicial body. They created a datasheet that compiles publicly accessible information and displays it so that those without a law degree can make sense of it. While for some merely sharing information is sufficiently accountable and transparent, for most others, easy use of it is what matters most. 

The innovation in this project is the revolution that the datasheets have accomplished. Some governments, organizations and actors provide masses of information, understanding that the sheer amount of data will obfuscate investigators from using it. This abuse of the democratic system is what distinguishes open governments from those who hind behind the smokescreen of democratic institutions in name only. That being said, many bureaucracies are not attempting to maliciously deceive the public, rather they lack a system to articulate the information they are producing. As we move further into the digital age, the provision of large amounts of disaggregated data is becoming an invaluable asset in socio-political interactions.


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Restart Slovakia

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Eric Pires

Eric Pires

Eric Pires is a writer and co-founder of Innovate Development. He has worked in various sectors in Latin America and is currently working in Antigua, Guatemala.

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