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Ep19: Behind closed doors – is justice ‘seen to be done’?

Alexandra Kimmons
28 Apr 2023

“Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done.” Lord Hewart’s oft-quoted phrase is just as relevant almost 100 years on. In this episode, we ask how transparent justice processes are in two courts – the Court of Protection and the Family Court.

Hosts Rob and Penelope are joined by Sanchia Berg, BBC radio correspondent, and Celia Kitzinger, co-director of the Open Justice Court of Protection Project to discuss if and why some cases need to be shielded from public observation, barriers to accessing court hearings, and what could be improved to ensure that justice truly is seen to be done.

Sanchia Berg @Sanchia7
Read Sanchia’s article about the pilot scheme for reporting in the family court:

Celia Kitzinger @KitzingerCelia
Read the blog post that started the Open Justice Court of Protection Project here:

Open Justice Court of Protection Project @OpenJusticeCoP

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The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.