The Ministry of Justice asked me to sit on their Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel. I'm not a legal expert, but as an local active citizen I want to know what is going on in my excellent local courts as they dispense justice on the … [Read more...] about Would a ‘Transparency Charter’ help make the Courts more open?
The government's small step today towards televising some courts business is welcome. It's surreal that these public institutions, with a strong tradition of viewing by citizens should not be on TV and radio. But there is a much bigger opportunity … [Read more...] about Don't just televise courts, democratise them by making basic justice data available to all
At Talk About Local we hope that in time local websites become major beneficiaries of greater transparency in local public data. It's a great tragedy that fear of crime has increased while actual crime rates have fallen in many cases. Accurate and … [Read more...] about Local crime data – Crime and Justice Transparency Panel – terms of reference
Crime and anti-social behaviour are the most challenging topics local websites have to tackle. But most local sites don't want to add to local fear of crime by just reporting incidents - we want to publish results and support our local criminal … [Read more...] about Opening up court reporting for UK hyperlocal websites