Archive for the “Access to law” category

Open law: digital common property

By Nick Holmes on July 25, 2018

Open law is the idea that public legal information should be freely available to everyone to access, use and republish. The current position in the UK differs completely as between legislation and case law. In the July issue of the (…)

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Good law – a good start

By Nick Holmes on January 23, 2014

Richard Heaton, First Parliamentary Counsel at the Cabinet Office, gave an important speech at IALS in October which has only recently been published on the GOV.UK interwebs. In Making the law easier for users: the role of statutes he reviews (…)

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Lord Neuberger on access to judgments

By Nick Holmes on November 29, 2012

On 20 November Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, delivered the First Annual BAILII Lecture, entitled No Judgment – No Justice (PDF) in which he dealt with three important aspects of improving access to justice through improved access to (…)

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Judgment day for BAILII

By Nick Holmes on October 31, 2011

First published by the Society for Computers and Law October 2011 A recent Guardian editorial criticised the status quo in relation to the publication of court judgments and called for more open access. In so doing BAILII came across as (…)

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BAILII: Is free law enough?

By Nick Holmes on October 27, 2011

It is ironic that BAILII, which came into being to free the law, has been called out recently for restricting access to the law. A Guardian editorial in September criticised the status quo in relation to the publication of court (…)

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Accessible law

By Nick Holmes on February 5, 2011

First published on VoxPopuLII, February 2011. Also published in Justice Wide Open Working Papers, May 2012. Professor Richard Leiter, on his blog, The Life of Books, poses The 21st Century Law Library Conundrum: Free Law and Paying to Understand It: (…)

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The legal web – a worthy mess

By Nick Holmes on September 24, 2010

Jason Wilson is a law publisher with great insights. He has a nice clean minimalist blog with great pics accompanying each post. More importantly, he’s interested in the kind of questions I’m also trying to answer, such as: Can we (…)

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FreeLegalWeb

By Nick Holmes on June 24, 2010

In case you haven’t heard via other channels, the FreeLegalWeb beta service is now live.

FreeLegalWeb dreaming on

By Nick Holmes on January 31, 2010

First published in Computers and Law, February 2010. What follows is an account of the development of FreeLegalWeb – a collaborative project designed to join up and make sense of publicly accessible law and authored commentary, and to encourage ongoing (…)

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Free Legal Web Barcamp

By Nick Holmes on October 1, 2008

The Free Legal Web Barcamp is taking place on Saturday 18 October at the RSA in London. We already have a good number of people participating, but more is better. If you’d like to have your say as to how (…)

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The Free Legal Web

By Nick Holmes on August 19, 2008

The Free Legal Web is an initiative designed to deliver a web service that joins up UK law and legal commentary and analysis on the web and provides a useful service to both lawyers and the community at large. Read (…)

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