But what does open justice actually mean? – Judith Townend

19 01 2017

clip_image002The notion that justice must be seen to be done needs little introduction to either a lay or legal audience,  but its familiarity belies an underlying complexity. See, for example,  PNM v Times Newspapers, heard by the Supreme Court this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Access to information should not be an after-thought in plans for ‘transforming our justice system’ – Judith Townend

19 11 2016

Royal Courts of JusticeOn 15 September 2016 the Ministry of Justice opened its consultation into “Transforming Our Justice System”. The 36 page document, accompanied by a statement by the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals, sets out a “vision” for a radical overhaul and major financial investment in courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Online Dispute Resolution deliver better access to justice – Judith Townend

17 09 2015

Hanshake-by-Aidan-JonesProfessor Richard Susskind OBE is well known within the legal profession for his numerous books predicting a dramatic transformation in legal practice, and calling for an overhaul of 21st century lawyering. Read the rest of this entry »

Are reports of defamation’s death greatly exaggerated? – Judith Townend

21 07 2015

Libeldata-protectionA marked spike in defamation claims for 2014 seems to have surprised some people, given recent developments around defamation law and introduction of a new Act that the previous government boldly claimed would ‘reverse’ the chilling effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Law Commission: A sensible proposal for online recording of reporting restrictions – Judith Townend

18 04 2014

Law Commission reforming the lawAmid concerns over proposed changes to the Contempt of Act 1981, through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which would introduce new statutory powers for the removal of online material*, it seems worth highlighting some separate recommendations on contempt and court reporting, published in late March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Defamation Act 2013: Monitoring the effect of the changes – Judith Townend

8 01 2014

StatisticsThe Defamation Act 2013 is now in force. In a press release the government claims it “reverses the chilling effect on freedom of expression current libel law has allowed, and the prevention of legitimate debate we have seen in the past”. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 3 – Easter and Trinity terms 2013

22 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »