Do you wish to know how Gavel uses civic tech to creatively give access to justice and connect indigents with free legal aid lawyers and lots more ? I promise you that this will be worth your time.
Gavel (www.gavel.ng) is a civic tech organization that provides access to justice, tracks cases and foster open justice initiative in Nigeria.
How do we do this? We have various civic tech tools that helps in achieving the said objectives and engaging the public.
This is the tech tool we use to track time spent by awaiting trial persons in prison. It is no longer news that the number of awaiting trial inmates in Nigeria is appalling (close to 70%). While we track time spent by this people, we also give opportunity to connect with free legal aid lawyers via the platform. So we track the inmates’ time and also connect them with lawyers for help.
Timeline of Cases:
We create a time on cases we are tracking to inform the public about the cases and create social media engagements and advocacy for these cases. This year, we are also going to deploy it to track corruption cases and engage with the public to demand for speedy trial. Nigeria is known to have a slow justice delivery system with some corruption cases as old as 11 years.
It is said that what cannot be measured, reviewed and evaluated is difficult to change. We have commenced digitization of courts cause list. This will enable us measure performance of our court system, identify areas of inefficiency, recommend and advocate for an improved system. Although this is in it’s early stage, we have collaboration with over 30 court rooms that we make their activities open weekly. These cause lists, inter alia, afford people the opportunity to have prior knowledge of cases to be tried in court rooms, their status, which judge is presiding over the cases and lots more.
With a class action for over 538 awaiting trial inmates, over 13 release, over 5000 digitized cause lists and many more. I guess the disruption has begun.