Constitutional Dialogue 2018

High Courts and Councils, Data-base Development and Accessibility to Court Decisions

Access to judicial records and to information about the judiciary is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of transparency of the judiciary. While the current attention is being focused on promoting freedom of information and access to records with regard to the executive functions of government, much less has been done to secure or even evaluate access to judicial information within high courts and councils both on an internal and external level.


The accessibility of court decisions is considered an essential component of a fair trial. It ensures a transparent and predictable judiciary, it strengthens the public understanding of justice, increases the trust in the judiciary and state institutions in general. A broad access to court decisions constitutes the foundation for a coherent jurisprudence and a jurisdictional tradition, and also fosters exchange between courts and comparative research in the MENA region and internationally.

The idea of the expert meeting is to provide an assessment of data-base development, concepts for accessibility of court decisions internally and externally to the general public. This shall be done by discussing the status quo, identifying challenges related to the need of knowledge sharing between judges, digitalization and an increasing awareness concerning public relations.

The expert meeting with subsequent evening reception at the office of the Rule of Law Programme is scheduled to take place on Monday December 17, 2018. It shall serve the purpose of providing a forum for justices of high judicial courts and councils, and representatives of related institutions to exchange expertise on a focused topic and thus render lessons to improve the overall accessibility to court decisions within High Courts and judicial institutions in the MENA region.

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Dr. jur. Anja Schoeller-Schletter