In a quite remarkable case 180 divorces have been annulled following massive fraud perpetrated against the English court system. An Italian lawyer was distributing quickie Italian divorces around the English legal system with one of the parties in … [Read more...] about Lack of #opendata leaves English courts wide open to fraud ?
I reported in December that there was some hope of a hack event to try and open up the enormously rich and impactful courts listing data from magistrates courts. Sadly this has been spiked as we hit a bureaucratic obstacle. Officials, without any … [Read more...] about Courts listing data – one step back
Officials from HMCTS and MOJ will help organise a hack day with listings data from the court service. This follows a meeting between members of the Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel and officials on Friday 6 December. The panel had asked … [Read more...] about Magistrates and Crown Courts listings as open data – hack event coming….
The Ministry of Justice and HMCTS have now agreed in principle on a route to publishing online court listings for all courts, including magistrates courts. The Criminal Procedure Rules Committee on 4 October considering a discussion paper approved an … [Read more...] about Court lists – online publication now officially enabled, with limitations but not delivered for two years #opendata
Judith Townend organised a fascinating conference at City University on open justice and modern media (programme pdf) . It was great to see some real heavy hitters like Geoffery Robertson QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC speaking up for open courts and open … [Read more...] about Justice Wide Open – the collision between uncodified open justice and the law of data protection and copyright #oj_city
The excellent @Courtnewsuk has alerted me and the world via twitter to some odd goings-on at Westminster Magistrates Court. It's @courtnewsuk's job as court reporters to scour court lists and work out what to cover - they are one of the, possibly … [Read more...] about All equal before the Law in Westminster…except Chris Huhne and celebrity defendents