6 February 2019
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Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Dakar)

CrimeSync Wins the Innovating Justice Awards 2019

The annual Innovating Justice Awards 2019 competition has been won by CrimeSync from Sierra Leone. The competition was organized by HiiL to promote justice innovation and entrepreneurship.

The jury felt Escrime offered a most promising innovation with a high potential. Their web and mobile application allows justice sector stakeholders to organise their operations, collaborate and share information through electronic case management.

“We have processed more than 50% of the inmate population in the country,” explains Sorieba Daffae, the CEO and founder of the company. “Allowing for the public prosecutor to charge more than 30% of the inmate population with clear case details. At the police, CrimeSync has processed more than 80% of cases reported in the capital city allowing citizens to now trace and know the status of their cases.”

According to the jury, Crimesync “is dealing with one of the fundamental rights people have. It has potential in terms of scalability and replicability across many countries, bringing transparency to an often-compromised system. “

Runner up in the 9th edition of the Innovation Justice Forum was Haqdarshak  from India. This tech platform supports citizens discover, apply for and benefit from eligible welfare schemes.

South African innovator Creative Contracts impressed jury and participants from the legal profession with their use of state-of-the-art visual communication techniques to understand citizens’ rights and obligations in their contracts.

HiiL organizes this annual competition to promote these sort of justice innovations. The competition drew over 1000 innovators. From these, a longlist of 400 was compiled, out of which a final 12 were invited to pitch their solution for an urgent access to justice issue at the 9th Innovating Justice Forum at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Source: Hiil

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