Guardian editorial calls for digital open justice

Welcome back to Meeja Law, after a long break. I won’t be rounding up all the news we missed over the past few weeks, but check @medialawUK on Twitter for a stream of recent stories. Jeremy Vine’s reading, so should you! So, with no further ado, on with what looks to be a busy autumn for media law.

The Guardian’s editorial this morning argues that judgments should be opened to “real public view and scrutiny” (p 28, or online), with the aim of providing a better picture of how courts work.

Lawyers and judges are trained to understand and to interpret the law. But in the digital age, no one should be denied the ability to find and read it in an accessible and searchable format.

It also mentions the Judgmental project, born at a Hacks & Hackers day in Manchester last autumn, which aims to publish judgments in a searchable format.

Those interested in helping improve digital law resources can join the Google group here and continue the discussion.

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