Problem

Extrajudicial courts and tribunals

Other Names:
Revolutionary courts
Security tribunals
Nature:

In some countries, special courts and tribunals are set up outside the normal judicial system of the country. Military courts may try civilians; special courts and tribunals are empowered to try 'political', 'security', or 'anti-revolutionary' offenders, and are usually not bound to follow the established procedures of the ordinary courts; safeguards for a fair trial are often ignored; legal representation may not be allowed; people may not be informed of the charges against them until their trials open; cross-examination of prosecution witnesses may not be allowed; evidence presented by the prosecution may not be contested; and judges are often not independent persons with legal backgrounds, but military personnel.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
23.09.2019 – 15:35 CEST