If two people use an online procedure in a magistrates court, or have a video hearing with a magistrate, how will the public know what has happened? Justice must be seen to be done, not become a Schrödinger's justice where the public and media don't … [Read more...] about Schrödingers justice? Maintaining the 400 year-old principle of open justice in a digital world
Since writing about ANPR towards the end of last year I have had a constructive dialogue with police officers about the operation of ANPR. I wrote to Bernard Hogan-Howe in November and today received a reply from the officer in charge about the … [Read more...] about ANPR – Met Police explain the ‘Olympic Feed’ and data retention
The UK Supreme Court said the other day that it was only making video available online for a year citing some storage, copyright and cost reasons that didn't seem right to me. With my Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel hat on I wrote about … [Read more...] about The UK Supreme Court and the mysterious case of the submarining videos
The UK Supreme Court is publishing video of its proceedings on its website in a video on demand service. This is welcome. What is baffling is the decision to remove the videos after a year both for copyright, capacity and possibly cost … [Read more...] about Supreme Court in one step forward, one step back for transparency – for one year only….. #opendata
Through my seat on the Crime and Justice Sector Transparency panel I have asked the Home Office for a note on lay or civilian membership of governance bodies of the major police databases. I want to help stop the police blundering into the same … [Read more...] about Police databases time for some broadly based civilian governance?
My colleague Sarah Hartley, writing on Prolific North has uncovered the extent of government spending on advertising with a handful of local papers in some Northern cities – the so called statutory notices. And CLG has at the same time published an … [Read more...] about Statutory notices – a modern approach to alerting – focus first on activists, journalists, representatives at a hyperlocal level