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Justice and transparency

In this study, the WRR addresses the issue of transparency in the administration of justice. The study looks at the consequences of more transparency for the functioning of the judiciary, both for the institution and for (individual) judges and cases.

Added value

The study takes as its starting point the idea that politicians and society would like the justice system to be more transparent. Transparency is presumed to provide added value. What drives this assumption? What does transparency mean in the public debate? Three key elements of transparency play a role in the study: openness, (open attitudes), clarity (clear opinions) and accountability.


What does transparency mean for the administration of justice in practice? Which tools can be used to further transparency? And what do they seem to be delivering and/or what might they deliver? But also, what might the drawbacks be of greater transparency in the justice system? What unintended consequences could arise? What is the impact of transparency on the substantive aspects of the administration of justice?

The WRR study was published in the Investigation Speelruimte voor transparantere rechtspraak, (‘Scope for more transparent justice’), which appeared on 17 January 2013.