Commentary

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

Reporting restrictions orders; and contempt of restriction orders

Jurisdiction to make and enforce an order Two very different aspects of the reporting restrictions order (RRO) can be seen in case law over the past couple of weeks. In AB (Application for Reporting Restrictions: Inquest) [2019] EWHC 1668 (QB) (27 June 2019) the question of service of an application in civil proceedings and the Continue reading

Parliamentary privilege and the rule of law

David Burrows explains how parliamentary privilege was designed to stop the courts interfering with Parliament, not to allow parliamentarians to interfere with the work of the courts. He considers Lord Hain’s use of the privilege to trump a court injunction in the light of a recent speech on the matter by the Lord Chief Justice. Continue reading