Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger, David Farrar, blogs today about Amy Adams performing a volte-face on the Judicature Modernisation Bill.
This bill was going to allow District Court judgments to be published online just as the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judgments are. But strangely Amy Adams has removed that clause.
One of the interesting features of the Judicature Modernisation Bill was that it would require (Clause 401) final judgments to be published online of District Courts. At present, only the judgments of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are published online as a matter of course – on Judicial Decisions Online. So this reform would mean District Court judgments would now be routinely published online. This would be great as it would lead to much more open justice.
As present you have to request release of a district court judgement from the Judge and provide reasons for your request. This is highly unsatisfactory. Courts should not be secret.
But something very unusual has just happened. Read more »