Achieving the Aims of Open Justice? The Relationship Between the Courts, the Media and the Public

Sharon Rodrick


This article begins by outlining what the principle of open justice is intended to achieve. It then investigates the nature of the relationship that exists between the courts and the media, and between the media and the public, and suggests that these relationships are not always conducive to realising the aims of open justice. While the reporting role of the traditional news media will undoubtedly persist, at least for the foreseeable future, it is argued that, since courts now have the means to deliver to the public a fuller and truer picture of their work than the media can, they should seize the opportunity to do so.


open justice, courts and media, courts and public, role of media, educative role, reporting role

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