MOJ launches new online information tool
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a new online tool allowing users of their “Open Justice” web site to see the length of time cases take in courts across England and Wales. The courts include criminal, civil and family.
The MOJ have described this as the latest in a series of steps to improve the transparency of the justice system by publishing information in a more accessible way and give members of the public the opportunity to see how the justice system is working where they live.
Lord McNally, the minister with responsibility for increasing the availability and transparency of Ministry of Justice information said:
‘The Government is committed to transparency and creating a justice system that is open and accountable. This includes publishing information that is meaningful and easily understood. Members of the public should be able to see how the system is working in their area so they can hold local services to account.
‘Visitors to the Open Justice website will easily be able to see how long cases are taking in their area and make comparisons to the rest of the country.’
As well as giving information on courts, the Open Justice website offers clear details on local reoffending rates, sentencing and ‘myth-busting’ on justice issues. The data on the length of time court cases take in criminal, civil and family proceedings is based on the latest quarterly court statistics published by the Ministry of Justice on 12 January 2012.
The Open Justice web site can be found at open.justice.gov.uk/