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Court judgments now available on National Archives website

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the National Archives is to provide a free service publishing online all new court and tribunal decisions from superior courts of records, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Upper Tribunals. The judgments can be found on the National Archives 'Find Case Law' website, found here.

Practitioners will no doubt be aware that this service has been to date provided by the charity, Bailii. Judgments will continue to be published on Bailii through a licensing agreement with the National Archives.

The Ministry of Justice intends to work with the National Archives in the coming years to expand coverage of what is published online to include judgments from the lower courts and tribunals.

Justice Minister, James Cartlidge, said:

"As we continue to build a justice system that works for all, the National Archive's new service is a vital step towards better transparency. It will ensure court judgments are easily accessible to anyone who needs them.

Our first official Government record of judgments is a modern one-stop-shop that will benefit everyone, from lawyers and judges to academics, journalists and members of the public."

For the National Archives 'Find Case Law' website, click here.

For the Ministry of Justice announcement, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers