Courting good publicity is a wise move for our judiciary

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to hold sittings outside Dublin and allow the media greater access was a welcome move, and a long overdue one

15th March, 2020
Courting good publicity is a wise move for our judiciary
Chief Justice Frank Clarke; letting the light in on court proceedings. Picture: Fergal Phillips

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” Leonard Cohen sang in 1992. As we know, many powerful institutions are loath to let the light in. They prefer an environment free from scrutiny and distraction. Today, however, transparency and openness are expected of private and public institutions.

Opening yourself up to public and media scrutiny is seen as good governance; if you decide not to, you really need...

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