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Court judgments to get new home

Important court and tribunal judgments will be available via The National Archives for the first time, which, the Ministry of Justice says, will increase transparency and secure free access for all.

The website will host thousands of court judgments, including judicial review rulings, European case law, commercial judgments and many more cases of legal significance from the High Court, Upper Tier Tribunal, and the Court of Appeal. The judgments will be readily available to anyone from April 2022.

At present, there are multiple sources for court judgment publications, of which BAILII is the largest. The long-term aim is for all of them to migrate onto The National Archives website which has a track record in hosting digital files safely and securely.

Following recommendations made by The Legal Education Foundation in their Digital Justice Report, the Ministry of Justice committed to standardising its approach to the publication of judgments.

As the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, The National Archives was chosen because of its long-standing expertise in storing and publishing information securely.

BAILII will continue to provide free access to judgments, for other jurisdictions, including Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth as well as England and Wales, continuing their service to date.

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20/6/21