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

About JRF

A non-governmental organization based in Taipei since 1995. Our members include compulsory lawyers. Its first branch office was established in Taichung in 2016.

OUR Objects

  • Strengthen civil society to advance judicial reform in Taiwan.
  • Improve the justice, transparency, and democracy of the Taiwanese judicial system.
  • Take actions against judicial unfairness and court negligence.

What we do

The JRF safeguards justice in the Taiwanese judicial system and upholds individual rights through conducting legal research, encouraging public participation by providing a platform for citizens to learn about the judiciary and voice out, and actively defending fundamental human rights at courts.

Our Work includes

Judicial Monitoring

We invite persons interested in learning about the Taiwanese judiciary system and fundamental legal principles of social justice to join us.

Legislative Research

Courtroom Observation

Led by our staff, voluntary observers have a unique opportunity to witness the law in action, observe the daily operations of court, and evaluate the compatibility of legal practitioners and judges.

Judicial Sunshine Website

This website contains information on current judges, prosecutors and verdicts. It effectively promotes judicial transparency, an important tool to uphold the rule of law. All data is provided by pthe central government body and released under (CC0) license.

File Complaints Against Judges and Prosecutors

President Tsai Ing-wen launched the conference in 2017. The conference aims at raising awareness in current imperfections of the judicial system, and formulating a new direction for both legal practice divisions and policy regulatory organs. Consequently, we aim to inspect, address, and promote issues raised at the conference.

Legal Education

Through cooperating with local universities and holding public at schools, we pledge to educate Taiwan on social justice issues since 1995.

Legislative Research

Internship Program

We have 13 partner colleges and we offer over 250 internship offers annually. The program includes case studies analysis, legal drafting and providing legal assistance to our Judicial Complaint Center. It also includes advocacy training and attending meetings.

Mock Trial

The mock trial trial is a stimulating platform in which hypothetical scenarios are selected and edited from real-life criminal cases to assimilate a real trial at court. Participants will be assigned to play the roles of litigants and jurors.

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.

Key Cases

We defend people’s rights at court.

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 had consequently 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. Up to this date, the penalty has remained. Amnesty International and a former UN special rapporteur on torture have raised serious concerns about this case, pointing to the torture, long detention, and violation against 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. JRF has fought for Hsu for the past 21 years, and he was ultimately found innocent and was acquitted on October 13, 2016. He now works at JRF and regularly gives speeches about his story to raise public awareness of the unfair judiciary in Taiwan. Documentaries and books related to his case are also released in 2017.

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 the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement in less than 30 seconds before sending it off the Commission. This act violates the rules of negotiation of ruling and opposition parties to examine the proposals, which prompted many students and social groups to take action against the black box scandal. That night, many demonstrators rushed into the Legislative Yuan and occupied the debating field. Although the police couldn’t overwhelm them, there were still a struggling between police and crowd. Confrontations between the demonstrators and the police quickly escalated to a social movement, later called the “318 Movement”. According to Ma’s government indifference on former demonstration, the "3/23 Event" broke out due to protestors occupying the Executive Yuan. After demonstrators were evacuated from the Legislative Yuan, the police forcibly removed protestors from the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan from their legitimate demonstrating area on 4/11, which caused “Pass by 1st division of Chong-Chen District Police Office “. Also, the "6/26 Event" in which demonstrators voiced out their oppositing opinions by occupying the road to stop the visiting march of Chang, Chih-Cheung broke out. During the 318 Movement, JRF set up a 24-hour investigation service, which allows protesters to seek legal assistance upon arrest. A pro-bono lawyer platform was also established to help follow-up and provide further assistance to seek compensation for victims who suffered injuries caused by public institutions.

Legislative research

The Law in a democratic society should reflect its values. We are committed to revise 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 trial
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!