A Constitutional Disaster in the Making? - The Communications Challenge Facing the United Kingdom's Supreme Court

[2013] PL 266.

30 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2013 Last revised: 21 Nov 2013

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Richard Cornes

University of Essex - School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2013

Abstract

Traditionally, courts communicated via their judgments, and nothing else. The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which began operation in 2009, has taken a novel approach to communications. The new Court has a modern communications team which tweets, issues press briefings on cases, and monitors media coverage of the Court. While the new Court has faced communications challenges - it was in 2009 portrayed by some as "Blair's Court, Blair's legacy"; and it has found itself caught up in the Scottish independence debate - this article concludes its commitment to transparency is a significant innovation in top court operation; it is a model of best practice in judicial communications.

Keywords: Communications, media, supreme court, united kingdom

Suggested Citation

Cornes, Richard, A Constitutional Disaster in the Making? - The Communications Challenge Facing the United Kingdom's Supreme Court (March 1, 2013). [2013] PL 266.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339679

Richard Cornes (Contact Author)

University of Essex - School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

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