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From Mystery to Transparency

In a post derived from his recent participation in the 2019 Putney Debates, Paul Magrath of ICLR explains the various ways in which judges promote public understanding and respect for what they... Read more

On a wig and a prayer: the pros and cons of courtly costume

Now that courts are becoming more transparent and even allowing in the TV cameras, how important is it that all the barristers in open court should ‘look the part’ by wearing wigs and gowns? Read more

Bang to rites: everything you ever wanted to know about gavels but were afraid to ask

‘Sharp is the moment in which the head of the gavel strikes against the wooden surface and generates the sound of division between past and future…’ Read more

Cameras in court – transparency in the eye of a lens?

From TV documentary to feature film, courtroom drama has been flavour of the season. But how effective is the camera lens in promoting transparency and public legal education? The Lord Chief Justice... Read more

The Science of Searching

How the Bloomsbury Professional Online Law Library uses the same logic as leading websites to boost your power to research, quickly and precisely. Read more

Divorce – the other side of the law court – the couple and family

The recent publicity generated by the Supreme Court judgment in the Owens v Owens case; where Mrs Owens was not permitted the divorce from her husband that she had been hoping for (the couple had not... Read more

Judges on social media: being ‘friendly’ is great, but is it judicious?

Judges in England and Wales are more or less forbidden to engage on social media, and if any do so they are almost invisible to the public gaze. But in the United States the position is markedly... Read more

Legal Helplines: Threat or Opportunity?

The idea of free legal advice will likely inspire many different images in the minds of population at large. Read more

How Legal Professionals Can Avoid Information Overload

Why Quizzes are working to attract browsers to websites

The idea of a quiz may seem like a superficial thing. A bit of frivolity to pass the time perhaps. But in the competitive landscape of web and digital, they have come to represent a powerful type of... Read more

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