Global: judges & their courts


We ask the world’s population whether they agree or disagree with the following statement: “In my country, judges and their courts are independent. They are not influenced by governments or public officials.”   Use the map below to see current results (% of the population who agree).

results by region


Overall, just over a half (51%) of the world’s population agree that “In my country, judges and their courts are independent. They are not influenced by governments or public officials.”

This is the lowest scoring aspect of the Rule of Law that we monitor.

It also varies significantly by continent. Asian (62%) and Oceanian (61%) populations have the highest ratings.  The lowest ratings are found among the populations of South America (26%).

results by income


As with our other indicators, the biggest differences in the feedback are driven by income. 64% of high income respondents agree that “In my country, judges and their courts are independent. They are not influenced by governments or public officials.” In contrast, this falls to 47% for respondents from lower income brackets.

results by gender


There are also significant differences by gender.  Males (54%) are more likely to agree that “judges and their courts are independent. They are not influenced by governments or public officials” than females (48%). 

 

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