The Information That Democracy Needs
Whitlam Oration | 5 June 2018
- Bret Walker SC
There are reasons why we are committed to open justice. They urge the importance in nearly all cases of court hearings being held in public.
They have led to the ample availability of parties’ positions, as well as the eventual published reasons for judicial decision. Nowadays, not only are submissions in the High Court published on the internet, but counsel face the ordeal of broadcast speech – and vision.
Perhaps, too much information.
Why are these approaches regarded as being in the nature of things for the courts of law, one of the arms of government? First, for the…