This June 2017 report from Justice Base details observers’ findings from 205 criminal and civil hearings in 36 of Yangon’s 50 courts. The report concludes that increasing public access to courts is a necessary condition for restoring public trust and a key to broader judicial system reform.
This March 2017 policy brief shares findings from recent research by the EverJust project, which is a collaboration between EMReF, Yangon University, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and Aarhus University.
This 2014 survey report by The Asia Foundation (TAF) provides a broad sense of public knowledge and opinion across Myanmar from over 3,000 participants in all 14 States and Regions. The survey covers topics like knowledge of government, political participation and understanding, identity, gender, the peace process, public outlook, and sources of information.
This article by Elliott Prasse-Freeman in Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity (2015) draws on interviews with lawyers and legal aid professionals in Yangon to map the informal mechanisms through which Myanmar people seek out their versions of justice.
This 2014 article published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal argues that Myanmar lawyers should take up advocacy for the law itself as a cause and a long-term, systemically oriented view of their efforts as activists.
In December 2014, the Supreme Court of the Union published a three-year strategic plan for the judiciary. It includes five key performance areas: 1) Protect Public Access; 2) Promote Public Awareness; 3) Enhance Judicial Independence and Accountability; 4) Ensure Equality, Fairness, and Integrity of the Judiciary; and 5) Strengthen Efficiency and Timeliness of Case Processing. Year by year plans and reports on their implementation are available on the Supreme Court’s website.
This September 2014 report by the Myanmar Legal Aid Network (MLAW) draws on in-depth qualitative research in Yangon Region and Mon State, identifying four priority justice concerns from respondents.