Earlier this month Dr Judith Townend, senior lecturer in media and information law at the University of Sussex, published the report: "Towards a national commitment to open justice data in the United Kingdom"
This report outlines steps the UK government,in partnership with civil society groups, the judiciary, and other legal experts, could take to ensure that open justice is more effectively and fairly embedded in the UK court system.
This work followed suggestions by civil society groups including Spotlight on Corruption (formerly CorruptionWatch) that the government make an open justice commitment in its OGP national action plan.
In November 2018, the UK government committed “to working with the Open Government Network and civil society organisations to develop our approach on this agendaover the coming year, with the goal of co-creating a full commitment for the [next] National Action Plan.”
Alongside the Open Government Network, Spotlight on Corruption, as a step towards co-creating such a commitment on open justice, commissioned Dr Judith Townend to prepare a proposal to guide this work.