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More About Innovations for Successful Societies By Malcolm Simmons

The tangled history of the judicial system turned the simplest matters into serious challenges. Attending trials could be difficult because courtrooms were sometimes hard to find and schedules were not easily accessible to the public. In addition, hearings and trials often took place in cramped offices with little or no public notice.
Tristan Dreisbach
Innovations for Successful Societies
Although law required most court sessions to be open to the public, in practice they were seldom accessible. Courtrooms for specific cases were sometimes difficult to find because of inadequate postings and signage. Few court buildings posted schedules showing locations and times of court sessions.
A particularly widespread problem arose from the penchant of many judges for performing judicial functions, including hearings and trials, in their private offices, behind closed doors, out of public sight, and in tight spaces that precluded attendance by anyone who had no specific role in a case. Many jud…

Innovations for Successful Societies By Malcolm Simmons

Influences such as the United Nations and the European Union
An October 2007 report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) stated that only about 1 in 5 Kosovars surveyed expressed satisfaction with the court system and the prosecutor’s office—a rating lower than any other government institution’s.2
Xharra and her two civil society colleagues— Faik Ispahiu, who headed Internews, the media nongovernmental organization (NGO) that produced Xharra’s show, and Haki Abazi, a Kosovar who had joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a New York–based foundation, in 2007— recognized the need to better know the problems affecting the courts and to repair the frayed relationship between the people and the judicial system. With little legal knowledge and no template to work from, the three looked for a window into courts.
THE CHALLENGE
Recent history had created the challenges that confronted the reformers in 2008. The relationship between international and local authorities was complex and confusing,…