The files collected in the Baseline Data catalog are a full accounting of the data recorded by the Justice Audit team. The files reflect the Justice Audit methodology’s triangulation strategy. The primary data are sourced from: each institution, agency and non-governmental organisation in each district; citizens across the country; court users in selected court areas; and practitioners working in the criminal justice system. The sources of the institutional data and the way in which each institution collects, validates, stores and communicates their data from the district level to the centre is set out in the Data Management page in the Governance section.
Data collected from formal criminal justice institutions, includes: Police, Public Prosecutors, National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO), the Courts under the Judiciary and Mobile Courts under the Executive, Probation, Prisons, Child Development Centres, One- Stop Crisis Centres and Safe Homes.
Data collected from legal service providers operating in the districts who responded to requests for data, includes: the Bar Council, BRAC, BLAST, MLAA, FIVDB, SUS, Nagorik Uddyog, Light house, ACD, ASK, RDRS, Agrogoti Sangstha. In future Justice Audits, it is hoped all NGOs and community based organisations providing legal services in UPs and Upazilas will be included.
National Institutional Data
The national institutional case data are contained in statistics/publications in the public domain and include: the National Budget FY 2016/17; the Supreme Court statistics for 2016, MoLJPA statistics for number of judges and magistrates; Prison statistics 2017 (up to June 2016); Child Development Centres; Safe Homes; One Stop Crisis Centres; Bar Council number of enrolled advocates as of 31 December 2016. They are available for reference in this section. National case data for Police, Mobile Courts and Probation were supplied directly to the Justice Audit Team and are contained in the District data. Governance data (budgets, salaries, oversight mechanisms and training) were sourced directly from the institutional headquarters and are contained in the Governance section.
National Survey Data
The survey data comprise: 1) Citizen Survey: 2) Court User Survey; and 3) Practitioner Survey. The first two were conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). The Citizen Survey is nationally representative. The Court User Survey was based on a purposive sample of over 1400 court users (witnesses, victims, defendants, family members) in 64 districts across the main courts (see Methodology). The Practitioner Survey was a self-reporting questionnaire sent to police, public prosecutors, legal aid panel lawyers, magistrates and their clerks, judges and their clerks, probation and prisons. The BBS findings (both for Citizen and Court User Surveys) and a cross-tabulated index of Practitioner Survey findings are available here.
District Institutional Data
The district institutional data was collected through Supplementary Data Collection forms compiled in consultation with each institution and sent to the district heads of each institution who completed the forms and returned them to the Justice Audit team who checked and cleaned them (see Methodology). The cleaned forms were then sent to each institution for validation. The data were then entered into a database according to district, case numbers, infrastructure and resources. The data sets by institution and district are available here.