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Justice wide open - communities and courts

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    • Communities and the courts, what’s going on? a practitioner perspective Justice Wide Open 29 February 2012 William Perrin william@talkaboutlocal.org @willperrin Talk About Local Ltd http://talkaboutlocal.org• William Perrin TAL
    • Abandoned cars and weekly arsonBingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002 Pics – Mark Bailey
    • www.kingscrossenvironment.comOver 1500 articlesSix volunteer writers – aged up to 65Campaigns, information, wildlife,events etcStrongly pro community/placeImportant part of widerregeneration400-500 readers a day
    • Crime and confidence in justicesystem major local issueHighbury Corner busy very localmagistrates courtImpossible for a regular citizen tofind out what is happening at thecourt without going there – both thedaily listings and the results of justiceObviously, if you have a day job youcan’t keep going thereIt’s 2012 – why aren’t listings andresults online?
    • Can journalists readily andreliably get this basicinformation?Professional court reporters citeKafkaesque tales of dysfunctionalbureaucracy.‘There is a widespread viewamong many court staff thatdetails like defendants’ names,addresses and dates of birth areconfidential pieces ofinformation. ‘-Locked metal boxes- Lists confiscated-Lists only have minority of cases- Lists appearing at end of dayconcerned not start
    • Courts Transparency Charter Administrative statement by the Chief Presiding Judge and Secretary of State. To give individuals administrative ‘rights’ that they can enforce with court officers Three simple things: Forward listings – what’s happening when, charges, published in timely manner Participant details - names etc of all lawyers, judges, magistrates, victims, witnesses Results – guilty, not guilty etc Two principles Respect all conventions of protection of vulnerable people and contempt Subject to protection, everything published online to the world, not just the mediahttp://tal.me.uk/c3
    • Head on collision between uncodified tradition of open justice and badly codified, badly implemented data protection, copyright, privacy
    • Join the debate at http://tal.me.uk/c3 William Perrin @willperrinwilliam@talkaboutlocal.org