In the wake of the High Court’s video debut last week, Chief Justice Warren of the Supreme Court of Victoria delivered the Redmond Barry Lecture earlier this week, and spoke about a concern that justice is not as transparent and open because of the decline of traditional print media and specialist court reporting. Accordingly, she said that the court would engage with the public through a number of alternative media. The Supreme Court already has a Twitter feed, and has started streaming sentencing remarks. It is also looking to stream criminal trials.
Most interestingly, the court plans to have a blog written by a retired judge ‘to create greater community understanding around controversial issues.’ The Chief Justice continued, ‘This will represent a historic shift away from traditional judicial reluctance to explain or defend judicial decisions that are made in accordance with the rule of law.’ Speaking as a former associate to a Supreme Court judge, I know that it was often frustrating to see how cases were reported in the media, and I often wanted to say, No, that’s not what the court held, or to explain why the court held what it did.
I cannot find any other courts which have an official blog run by the court itself. I am excited to see how this innovation will unfold.