Corruption in the justice system - whether actual or perceived - poses a real threat to confidence in the rule of law. With this in mind, boosting judicial integrity is an integral part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme.
Officially established in April 2018, the Global Judicial Integrity Network is open to judiciaries and a broad range of individuals and institutions, including judges, magistrates, members of judicial councils, court personnel, judicial associations, and other stakeholders, as well as relevant international organizations.
The Network aims to promote peer learning and support activities, facilitate access to relevant tools and resources related to judicial integrity, and support the further development and effective implementation of principles of judicial conduct and the prevention of corruption within the justice system.
Harnessing the experience of its participants, the Global Judicial Integrity Network seeks to develop and strengthen global guidance and technical materials on judicial integrity and anti-corruption, as well as to provide technical assistance to support judiciaries in the development and implementation of strategies, measures and systems to strengthen integrity and accountability in the justice system. As per the adopted Terms of Reference , the core objectives of the Network include:
Recognizing that many jurisdictions have already made great progress in strengthening judicial integrity, sharing these experiences will help build strong and effective justice institutions and a culture of lawfulness on a global scale, strengthen the rule of law and enhance the delivery of fair and transparent justice to every citizen.
Following the recommendations and suggestions from the launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network , as well as the advice of the Advisory Board, the Global Judicial Integrity Network intends to focus thematically on the following areas in the 2018-2019 workplan:
Exchange of good practices in the investigation of judicial misconduct;
Exchange of good practices in financial disclosure regimes for judges;
How to draft, review, and implement judicial codes of conduct;
Support the JIG review of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct (and Commentary) ;
Exchange of good practices in judicial ethics training;
Exchange of good practices in the selection and appointment of judges;
Exchange of good practices in transparency and community outreach;
Supporting networking among anti-corruption courts;
Facilitation of peer-to-peer support;
Guidelines for the development of court and case management software in line with the Bangalore Principles;
Maintain and expand the online resources of the Global Judicial Integrity Network website.