The news yesterday that the public will be able to watch an archive of hearings from the Supreme Court and the Privy Council should be celebrated as open justice, making the best legal system in the world truly accessible and transparent. Being able to see the legal process in action allows the public to form a more balanced view about a case or a hearing. This move will surely be welcomed by students, lawyers and the public. As a court spokesman correctly surmised "It may not be up there with some of the most popular series . . . but it will be enlightening.”
Court Catch-up”, as it has been dubbed, will cover 150 hearings at the Supreme Court, or a total of 90 hours of court footage — a box set big enough for even the geekiest of law geeks. There may not be the drama of a high-profile criminal trial, but aficionados can watch barristers battling it out over issues such as whether the Prince of Wales’s letters to ministers should be made public or whether a wife should be able to try to claim money from her ex-husband 20 years after they split. The new on-demand archive, covering all last year’s Supreme Court hearings, along with those of the Privy Council, went live yesterday.