The right to seek remedy for human rights violations from independent and impartial judicial proceedings is a fundamental human right. Businesses may find themselves involved in litigious proceedings on a range of issues as a result of its operations. Unlawful interference with such proceedings may take many forms, including:
• bribing judicial officers, court personnel and witnesses;
• intimidating witnesses (or potential witnesses) to deter or influence their evidence, or threatening or assaulting them;
• interfering with jurors including by threats, abuse and influence outside of court; and
• intentionally misleading or deceiving the court with false information.
Businesses should ensure sufficient internal procedures are in place to prevent, detect and respond to instances where its personnel try to influence or interfere with judicial or similar proceedings. In ensuring internal procedures are adequate, Businesses should undertake regular and ongoing risk assessments to identify and prevent the risk of business employees influencing or interfering with legal proceedings. Businesses should also provide training for personnel to appreciate the risks and penalties involved.