We are committed to establish a fair, just, and trustworthy judiciary in Taiwan.

About JRF

A non-governmental organization since 1995. Our members include compulsory lawyers and an executive office based in Taipei. The first branch was built at Taichung in 2016.

OUR Objects

  • Harness the power of civil society to advance judicial reform.
  • Improve the justice, transparency, and democracy of the judicial system.
  • End unfair and negligent treatment of the people by the judiciary.

What we do

The JRF defends the justice of the judicial system and preserves the individual rights through influencing legal policy with public opinion and research, defends human rights in the courts, and enhances citizen participation in legal field.

Our Work includes

Evaluation and Supervision

We invite people to build the justice on the courts by empowering them with the proper knowledge and creating investigation tools.

Legislative Research

Court Observation

Entering the court lead by our staff, volunteer observers can actually see the operations on the court and their legal knowledge.

Judicial sunshine website

This website allows people to access the information about of judges, prosecutors and verdicts. We hope this could improve the transparent of judicial. All the data is collected from public government information and release under (CC0) license.

File Complaints About Judges and Prosecutors

President Tsai Ing-wen launched the conference in 2017. To make a better and wider understanding of legal practice and policy direction, we promote, inspect and translate the issues to people based on the conference.

Legal Education

Through cooperating with Universities and holding public events, JRF has educated Taiwan's community about local justice issues since 1995.

Legislative Research

Internship Program

We have 13 partner colleges and provide over 250 internships offer every year. The program includes case study and task assistance with our Judicial complaint center. It also contains issue advocacy and the participation in meetings of lawyers.

Mock Trial

The mock trail use scripts edited from criminal cases, and includes jury system. Participants can play as roles like litigants or jurors. By simulate the situation, participants experience the true reflection as different roles on the trail.

the National Judicial Reform Conference

President Tsai Ing-wen launched the conference in 2017. To make a better and wider understanding of legal practice and policy direction, we promote, inspect and translate the issues to people based on the conference.

Case rescue

We defend our rights in the courts.

Legislative Research

Chiou Ho-shun was first sentenced to death for the murder of a woman and the kidnapping and murder of a boy in 1989. He was one of 12 defendants the police held for four months, during which time they were subjected to torture and confessed to the murders. They later retracted their confessions. In 1994, two prosecutors and 10 police officers were punished for using torture to obtain confessions in one of the cases. By now the penalty is still remained. Amnesty International and a former UN special rapporteur on torture have raised serious concerns about this case, pointing to the torture, the long detention, and violation of the right to a fair trial.

In 1995, a real estate businessman named Huang Chun-shu was kidnapped and murdered. On September 25, 1995, police arrested Huang Chun-Chi in Taoyuan, who claimed that he had two accomplices: Chen Yi-lung and Hsu Tzu-chiang. On September 28, the police announced that they had solved the case, prompting Hsu Tzu-chiang to flee for fear of being tortured into a confession. He remained in hiding until June 24, 1996, when accompanied by counsel, he surrendered to the Shilin District Court. After 21 years' struggle, Hsu was finally Acquitted on October 13, 2016. Now he works in JRF and give speeches about his story to raise the awareness of unfair judiciary to the public. Documentaries and books related to his case are also released in 2017. This is the first rescue

In September 1996, a young girl was raped and murdered in the Taipei Da-An District Air Force Headquarters. Within a month, a 20 year-old Private First Class named Chiang Kuo-ching was determined to be the perpetrator. He was charged and tried in a military tribunal and, in August 1997, executed. On January 28, 2011, the Taipei Prosecutor's Office summoned Hsu Rong-chou for questioning in relation to the case. The news of the real murderer emerging compelled society to face the horrifying fact that Chiang Kuo-ching had been wrongfully executed. JRF has been involved with the case since February 1, 2011 by assisting a team of pro bono lawyers. On October 26, 2011, following Chiang’s not guilty verdict on retrial, the military court granted the family compensation in the sum of TWD 103, 185, 000. The JRF believes, however, that monetary compensation alone cannot conclude the Chiang case. Rather, follow-up review and continued investigations are critical. Hopefully, society will continue to scrutinize the case’s developments and guide justice onto its rightful path.

On March 17, 2014 KMT Internal Administration Committee member Chang, Ching-Chong passed the motion of Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement in less than 30 seconds then sent to the Commission. This act violates the rules of negotiation of ruling and opposition parties to examine the proposals, causing some students and social groups to take action against the black box scandal. That night, many demonstrators rushed into the Legislative Yuan then occupied the debating field. Although the police couldn’t overwhelm them, there were still a struggling between police and crowd. Owing to the confrontation between people and police, demonstrators gathered and the 318 movement had been started. According to Ma government’s indifference on former demonstration, 3/23 event broke out by occupying the Executive Yuan. After the citizens left the Legislative Yuan, the police expelling illegally the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan out of their legitimate demonstrating area on 4/11, which caused “Pass by 1st division of Chong-Chen District Police Office “. Also, 6/26 event which demonstrators showed their opposition opinions by blocking road to stop the visiting march of Chang, Chih-Cheung broke out. During the 318 movement, JRF has set up a 24-hour investigation accompany service, which allows the protesters to seek a legal assistance when arrested by the police. A compulsory lawyer platform has been organized to help follow-up because of the relevant events were investigated and some of the participants have been prosecuted. Lawyers group to help citizens suffering from the national violence to prosecute and to launch state compensation cases.

Legislative research

Laws in a democratic society reflect its values. We are committed to revise the bills related to human rights through parliamentary lobbying.

Legislative Research

Acts We stepped in

Legal Aid Act / Judges Act / Code of Criminal Procedure / The Communication Security and Surveillance Act / Assembly and Parade Act / Assembly and Parade Act:Order For Payment / Court Organic Act: Recording / Military Justice Act... etc.

Issues We Advocate

Jury / Prison Reform / Constitutional Reform / Court Interpreters

With people's support, we will carry on.

Press we hold
Participanrt of mack trail
Bills we lobbied
Lectures we gave

To ensure a society in which all people benefit from a better judiciary.

Pro bono

We wish to sincerely invite all those who share our love for Taiwan and are willing to commit to its further and continued improvement to join us!