|Color Coding Key|
|GREEN||Ranked 1st for statistic|
|RED||Ranked last for statistic|
The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences.
|Limited Government||Absence of Corruption||Order and Security||Fundamental Rights||Open Govenment||Regulatory enforcement||Civil justice||Criminal justice|
Rule of Law Index, 2012-13
Constitutional and institutional limitations to and accountability of government.Includes non-governmetnal checks such as free press and media.
Absence of Corruption
Three forms of corruption: "bribery, improper influence by public or private interests, and misappropriation of public funds or other resources" in executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
Order and Security
Absence of crime, political violence, and violence as a socially acceptable means to redress grievances.
Laws that "ensure equal protection; freedom of thought, religion, and expression; freedom of association...; the prohibition of forced and child labor; the right to privacy and religion; the rights of the accused; and the retroactive application of the criminal laws."
Availability of government proceedings, laws, and other requested information to the public.
Implementation of laws and regulations with consistency and limits on "improper influence."
Ability to afford and receive "effective, impartial" justice.
Domestic criminal justice system's impartiality for, rights of, and accessibility to the country's justice system for the accused and the victims while limiting corruption.
The Rule of Law Index does not give one overall score as the term "index" might indicate; rather, it is based on the 9 factors described, above.