Judges are being warned to cut to the chase. Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls, has urged brevity after a judgment of 20,000 words was published last week.
Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar, is also backing a move that will end barristers being paid by the number of pages in defence submissions.
Is this the law catching up to modern times? In the digital era, information is short, snappy and quickly consumed before people move onto the next thing.
Or will this new approach reduce the significance of well-researched and respected legal arguments that deserve valued and appreciated airtime?
Keep it snappy: judges get to the point in fewer words Lady Justice Rafferty and two other judges responded to a call for brevity with a concise 24-paragraph ruling Lawyers are famously verbose — after all, time is money. Now, however, the judge in charge of civil justice has struck a blow for brevity and urged appeal judges to produce “short-form” judgments when giving reasons for their decisions.