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Open Justice: A Critique of the Public Trial
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Open Justice: A Critique of the Public Trial

Joseph Jaconelli


It has long been a fundamental norm of civilized legal systems that the administration of justice is conducted in full view of the public. This is regarded as particularly important in criminal cases, where the accused is traditionally viewed as possessing the right to a public trial. The rise of the modern media, especially television, has created the possibility of a global audience for high-profile cases. Increasingly, however, it is seen that the open conduct of legal proceedings is prejudicial to important values such as the privacy of parties, rehabilitative considerations, national secu ... More

Keywords: public trial, modern media, privacy, rehabilitation, national security, commercial secrecy, witness safety, English Law, open justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198252580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Jaconelli, author
Reader in Law, University of Manchester