International Development Law Organization

Developing an Access to Justice Index in Indonesia

12 Sep 2018

The Government of Indonesia is committed to providing fair, transparent, effective, non-discriminatory and accountable services to promote access to justice for all, including members of vulnerable groups. A national program to safeguard access to justice was included in the National Strategy on Access to Justice 2016-2019. Yet, a national tool to collect data and measure the levels of access to justice for people in the country is still missing. This makes it difficult to understand if and how those in need actually obtain access to justice, and whether existing policies and procedures are effective or not.

In response, IDLO is supporting a joint effort by the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency, the National Statistical Bureau, and a consortium of civil society organizations comprising the Indonesian Legal Roundtable, the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation and the Indonesian Judicial Monitoring Society to collect relevant access to justice data and develop a national Access to Justice Index. The Index will be developed through a literary and comparative study, as well as through consultations and workshops with key experts, academics, civil society organizations and government institutions. The Index will allow for regional comparison and will be used by the government to inform better policies towards improving access to justice in Indonesia.

The project is funded through the Indonesia-Netherlands Rule of Law Fund of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta, which is managed by IDLO.