Public access to court documents is just as important as access to the courtroom. All pleadings and affidavits, motions and other documents filed with the court, together with timetables and notes generated by the court, should be available for download from the court registry website by anyone. This is a great deterrent to dishonesty in the preparation of a case.

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove