Journal article

Open Justice, Transparency and the Media: Representing the Public Interest in the Physical and Virtual Courtroom

Jason Bosland, Judith Townend

Communications Law | Bloomsbury Professional | Published : 2018


In 2012, Lord Justice Toulson observed that the practical application of open justice ‘may need reconsideration from time to time to take account of changes in the way society and the courts work’.1 In this article, we undertake such a reconsideration in light of the declining role that institutional media organisations play in promoting and protecting the principle of open justice, focusing on courts in England and Australia. We argue that due to changes in the communications landscape, the media no longer have the resources or sufficient inclination to adequately safeguard the public interest in transparency in the courts. In order to place the media’s declining role into context, we also ..

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