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Open Justice in the Digital Era

The Centre of Law, Justice and Journalism's open justice initiative aims to make recommendations for the way judicial information and legal data are communicated in a digital era.

nullThe UK Supreme Court leads the way in dissemination of information via the internet and television, but other courts in England and Wales have yet to catch up. Publication of legal information has grown up in a piecemeal fashion in the digital era - part privatized, with few central guidelines. The so-called 'super injunction' furore was partly fuelled by a lack of public data, something the Master of the Rolls is now seeking to remedy.  The Open Justice in the Digital Era project launched with the Justice Wide Open conference on 29 February 2012. Practitioners and academics debated the future of legal knowledge in the 21st century. Speakers explored the history of the flow of legal knowledge, the realities of modern court reporting, and open justice in an academic context. Delegates from the fields of law, journalism and academia discussed how judicial information and courts data could be made more easily accessible to journalists, lawyers and researchers and the general public, and considered the legal and ethical implications of an increasingly open and digitised approach.


Justice Wide Open Conference, 29 February 2012

Reports and commentary 


  • Audio: Opening talk with Geoffrey Robertson QC 
  • Audio: Session 1, with Hugh Tomlinson QC, David Goldberg, information rights academic and activist; and Emily Allbon, City Law School librarian [slides] (chair: Professor Howard Tumber).
  • Audio: Session 2, with Heather Brooke, journalist and author; Mike Dodd, editor of PA Media Lawyer; Adam Wagner, barrister; William Perrin, founder of Talk About Local [slides] (chair: Judith Townend).
  • Audio: Session 3. An academic perspective, with Professor Ian Cram, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Leeds [slides] and Dr Lawrence McNamara, Reader in Law and ESRC/AHRC Research Fellow, University of Reading (chair: Professor Ian Loveland).