More court info to go online?

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THE public and press may get improved access to information on court proceedings.

Treasury Minister Anne Craine told the House of Keys that the General Registry was currently carrying out a review of access to information.

‘I will be happy to liaise with the chief registrar to bring in procedures regarding court lists so that information is available on matters before the courts,’ she said in reply to a question from Peter Karran (Lib Van, Onchan).

But she added: ‘The review needs to balance accessibility with confidentiality requirements, when necessary, the best use of resources, which are primarily concerned with supporting the administration of justice, and ensure the information is accurate.’

Mrs Craine said unlike in the UK, there was currently no integrated court management system in place but work was currently being undertaken to provide information on court business on the courts website.

‘It is acknowledged the justice system on the island should be open and transparent,’ she said. But providing more on information on court business was subject to the availability of resources, she added.

‘Will she make sure that there is no excuse for trying to hide behind financial constraints,’ Mr Karran said.

‘Financial constraints are not an excuse; they are very real,’ Mrs Craine replied.

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