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Attacks on the justice system do not come out of nowhere—it’s time for the UK to fight for openness

Open justice is not only about opening the courtroom doors. It's about public understanding and access to proper legal rights

New statistics show few rape cases go to court. Photo: PA

Open justice has two meanings. The first is the justice to which we have access: of everyone being able to go to the courts to enforce or defend their rights. Open justice in this meaning has long been under attack. Legal aid has been removed or restricted, even in areas such as social security and family matters; court fees have increased, including employment tribunals; and courts have closed. Parliament can pass…

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