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UK government to call for evidence regarding open justice

The government will launch a wide-ranging call for evidence in 2023 following the publication last year of the Justice Committee’s open justice report into court reporting in the digital age.

The Institute made a significant contribution to the report, seeking statutory clarification of the rights of media organisations to documents quoted in evidence, and, exposing the problem of unchallenged reporting restrictions, including a lack of records detailing how many restrictions had been issued.  Our input had an effect on a number of levels, one of which was reflected in the reports call for fewer reporting restrictions, especially in the family courts.

The government hopes that the planned Ministry of Justice call for evidence, planned for later in the year, will allow them to gather stakeholders’ views, while setting out details of projects which they hope with strengthen accessibility and transparency.  The Institute will be ready to submit your views and calls for members to get in touch and share your experiences of using court facilities during your reporting.

The House of Commons’ Justice Committee has published the Government’s response to its report Open justice: court reporting in the digital age

The original report may be found here.

The Institute’s original submission may be found here.