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A voyage round Mr Boddington

David Burrows explores the relationship between common law and court rules and practice directions, in seeking to challenge the routine privacy of family court hearings. Continue reading

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR, 7 October 2019

Welcome back to a new legal year with the first of this term’s roundups of legal news and commentary. We begin by reviewing what’s been happening in the legal world over the long summer vacation, including some significant developments in constitutional law. Continue reading

BAILII and the re-use of judgments as public legal information

For all practical purposes, the free legal database run by the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) is an official source of judgments from senior courts that any member of the public or any journalist can use. But while anyone can read individual judgments and quote bits of them elsewhere, what are the rules about downloading and re-using the content in bulk? Is it public open data or are there restrictions on its re-use? There seems to be some confusion about this, which this article (reposted from the Transparency Project blog) aims to unpick. Continue reading