The subject of my remarks today is the business of doing justice in media cases in the High Court of England and Wales.
I want to suggest that achieving justice requires three things, at least: a substantive law that is fair; procedures that are just and efficient; and a system that is managed and operated in such a way as to promote swift and effective dispute resolution in practice.
So this talk is in three parts. I am going to take the three elements I have mentioned in reverse order. There is limited scope for a sitting judge to comment on the substantive law. So my focus will be on the management of the system, and procedural issues. The first part of what I have to say will be about management.
I very much want to say a few things about the Media and Communications List. This is a recent and important innovation in our High Court, which I hope and believe will help all those involved in media litigation. I want to explain something about the background to its creation, what it is for, and where we are at this early stage in its life.
Mr Justice Warby
Speech by Mr Justice Warby: Media Litigation in the High Court
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