Research Topic

Justice Metrics: their Uses, Misuses, and Impact on the Administration of Justice

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The administration of justice encompasses a set of theoretical concepts, research methods, and techniques, designed to investigate the process management within courts and other justice-related organizations (e.g. the public prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, and administrative courts, as well as advocacy, policy, and prison organizations), and to evaluate their influence on the provision of justice in a given social context. Metrics are a building block for generating a robust knowledge base about justice systems through measures to inform policymaking, administrative decisions, and public support. Justice metrics can provide quality data for descriptive and evaluative purposes, enabling comparisons, transparency, and learning processes on different dimensions of justice systems, including effectiveness, confidence, access to justice, and change priorities.

There is a need for enhancing justice metrics. Many sources worldwide observe a data deficit problem in justice systems and the absence of mechanisms to guarantee the effectiveness and impact of justice systems in society. These are related to a range of reasons such as the absence of data, panels or indicators, incompleteness or inconsistency of measurements, theoretical weakness, metrics detachment from outcomes, loose coupling between metrics, and other conditions associated with capturing data, generate indicators, and describe knowledge. Consequently, there is a lack of factual information to assist in the empirical analysis of justice systems' effectiveness and impact. Metrics-based decisions constitute a critical step for filling this gap in policy and administration domains.

This Research Topic aims to put side-by-side justice metrics and administration of justice to promote empirical knowledge about quantitative measurement on justice systems and their effectiveness. It addresses the uses, misuses, and impact of justice metrics, considering the need and the process of generating new metrics, the consistency and usefulness of metrics in use, and the linkages between justice outcomes and the appropriateness of metrics. The goal is to increase awareness concerning the critical relationship between metrics and administration to envisioning justice through empirical knowledge about the functioning of justice systems - their performance and governance.

We invite manuscripts concerning justice metrics in the following subtopics:

• The state-of-art of justice metrics
• Comparative research on justice metrics
• Justice metrics and the performance of justice organizations
• Metrics and the governance of justice systems
• Evaluation of justice metrics
• Generation of good or useful justice metrics
• Justice metrics and justice policy
• Internalization and externalization of policies and practices on justice metrics
• Resistance or challenges to justice metrics
• Methodological issues on justice metrics
• Justice metrics and societal impact of justice systems/organizations

The list of subtopics is not exhaustive. Other relevant topics on justice metrics are appreciated.


Keywords: justice metrics, administration of justice, justice system, societal impact, policymaking and implementation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The administration of justice encompasses a set of theoretical concepts, research methods, and techniques, designed to investigate the process management within courts and other justice-related organizations (e.g. the public prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, and administrative courts, as well as advocacy, policy, and prison organizations), and to evaluate their influence on the provision of justice in a given social context. Metrics are a building block for generating a robust knowledge base about justice systems through measures to inform policymaking, administrative decisions, and public support. Justice metrics can provide quality data for descriptive and evaluative purposes, enabling comparisons, transparency, and learning processes on different dimensions of justice systems, including effectiveness, confidence, access to justice, and change priorities.

There is a need for enhancing justice metrics. Many sources worldwide observe a data deficit problem in justice systems and the absence of mechanisms to guarantee the effectiveness and impact of justice systems in society. These are related to a range of reasons such as the absence of data, panels or indicators, incompleteness or inconsistency of measurements, theoretical weakness, metrics detachment from outcomes, loose coupling between metrics, and other conditions associated with capturing data, generate indicators, and describe knowledge. Consequently, there is a lack of factual information to assist in the empirical analysis of justice systems' effectiveness and impact. Metrics-based decisions constitute a critical step for filling this gap in policy and administration domains.

This Research Topic aims to put side-by-side justice metrics and administration of justice to promote empirical knowledge about quantitative measurement on justice systems and their effectiveness. It addresses the uses, misuses, and impact of justice metrics, considering the need and the process of generating new metrics, the consistency and usefulness of metrics in use, and the linkages between justice outcomes and the appropriateness of metrics. The goal is to increase awareness concerning the critical relationship between metrics and administration to envisioning justice through empirical knowledge about the functioning of justice systems - their performance and governance.

We invite manuscripts concerning justice metrics in the following subtopics:

• The state-of-art of justice metrics
• Comparative research on justice metrics
• Justice metrics and the performance of justice organizations
• Metrics and the governance of justice systems
• Evaluation of justice metrics
• Generation of good or useful justice metrics
• Justice metrics and justice policy
• Internalization and externalization of policies and practices on justice metrics
• Resistance or challenges to justice metrics
• Methodological issues on justice metrics
• Justice metrics and societal impact of justice systems/organizations

The list of subtopics is not exhaustive. Other relevant topics on justice metrics are appreciated.


Keywords: justice metrics, administration of justice, justice system, societal impact, policymaking and implementation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 November 2021 Manuscript

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