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Open justice: building on Lord Neuberger’s speech

In Events, Journalism, Law on March 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

By Judith Townend

A number of bloggers have taken up the issue of digital open justice, following a speech by the Master of the Rolls last week. The UK Human Rights Blog has a round-up here, in which barrister Adam Wagner asks:

But what comes next? In order to push forward the open justice agenda, ideas will have to be practically worked through, and funded. Please use the comments section of this post to let us know what you think, what you make of the ideas in Neuberger’s speech and whether you have any ones of your own.

Here’s an extract of a piece I wrote for Index on Censorship:

It was heartening to hear the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, discuss how best to achieve “public confidence in the justice system, transparency and engagement” last week.

His call for legal clarity and accessibility to UK courts should be welcomed and built upon by advocates of free expression.

‘Open Justice Unbound’, Lord Neuberger’s Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture 2011, was – as the UK  Supreme Court Blog put it – “a vision for open justice in the 21st century”.

For the time being, however, it’s a vision and there is still much that can be done to open up the UK’s courts online.

Lord Neuberger addressed pertinent digital points in his speech, which covered a range issues: the accessibility and format of judgments, super injunctions and accurate court reporting.

Read in full here

Reframing Libel: working papers

In City University London, Events, Journalism, Law on March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

In November 2010, leading academics, lawyers and journalists gathered at City University London to discuss the future of libel reform at the Reframing Libel event. A book of working papers is soon to be published.

In the meantime, to coincide with the government’s publication of the draft defamation bill, the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London has made digital papers available here: