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The practical reality of open justice and what can be done: reflections on the Justice Committee’s new report, Part One – Judith Townend

Justice Policy Series, Part II: Open JusticeOver the past few years – especially in the first year of COVID-19 and the emergency move to remote proceedings – it was frustrating to witness bold claims about the provision of access to court hearings and reporters’ rights when the evidence on the ground was that reporters and other observers were having difficulties entering courts and accessing virtual hearings. Continue reading

The law governing the reporting of financial remedy proceedings in the family courts: where are we? Part 2 – Godwin Busuttil

On 1 November 2021, three days after the publication of the President’s Report on Transparency, Mostyn J handed down judgment in a case called BT v CU [2021] EWFC 87; [2022] 1 WLR 1349. This has turned out to be the first in a series of six judgments in which Mostyn J has rewritten the rules governing the reporting of financial remedies cases in the family courts described in Part One of this article. Continue reading

New report focuses on public attitudes to the publication of justice data – Paul Magrath

New report focuses on public attitudes to the publication of justice dataThe Legal Education Foundation has published a report about the collection, use and commercial exploitation of data from the justice system, focusing in particular on the new judgments database set up by The National Archives earlier this year. It reveals both a lack of public awareness and a surprising level of public concern over the re-use of such data by third parties, and recommends more transparency in how such data is managed. Continue reading

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