Tuesday 12 December 2017

In digital age, open justice must be more than just keeping the court door ajar

The Four Courts in Dublin is the location of the Supreme Court, High Court, and Central Criminal Court of Ireland. Currently no filming or tweeting is allowed inside the court, unlike in England and Wales
The Four Courts in Dublin is the location of the Supreme Court, High Court, and Central Criminal Court of Ireland. Currently no filming or tweeting is allowed inside the court, unlike in England and Wales

John Battle

It is a fundamental principle that justice should be seen to be done as well as done. This is the principle of open justice.

But a real challenge for law-makers and judges is how much openness should be allowed in our courts. Traditionally open justice has been limited to leaving the door of the court open. The theory is the public can enter and see what is going on. The reality is the public has little time or inclination to sit in court.

In the digital age, does more need to be done to improve open justice?

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