Functioning judicial systems have a crucial role to play in combating corruption and establishing healthy systems of governance. An ethically compromised judiciary means that the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb corruption, however well-targeted, efficient or honest, remains crippled. Unfortunately, evidence is steadily and increasingly surfacing of widespread corruption in the courts in many parts of the world.
Therefore measures have to be taken to strengthen integrity and to prevent corruption among members of the judiciary. Such measures may include rules with respect to the ethical conduct of members of the judiciary and of prosecution services along the fundamental principles of independence, impartiality, integrity, propriety, equality, competence and diligence.
31 January 2013 - UNODC, OECD and the International Bar Association announce partnership with the academic community to fight against corruption
INSTRUMENTS AND STANDARDS
UN Convention against Corruption (Article 11)
UNODC - The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct (pdf)
TOOLS, GUIDANCE, MANUALS
UNODC work on strengthening the integrity of the judiciary