High Court judge lauded for use of ‘plain English’

Mr Justice Max Barrett drew praise from migrant and children’s rights advocates for letters explaining judgments in jargon-free language

26th September, 2021
High Court judge lauded for use of ‘plain English’
Mr Justice Max Barrett has added short letters at the end of some judgments to help applicants and respondents understand the decisions of the court.

A High Court judge has been praised for including “plain English” sections in his judgments to ensure decisions can be understood by those without legal expertise.

Mr Justice Max Barrett, a former solicitor appointed to the High Court in 2013, has added short letters at the end of some judgments to help applicants and respondents understand the decisions of the court.

The sections, entitled “What does this judgment mean for you”, explain the result...

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