Court reform and transparency


What’s the issue?

It is notoriously hard to access documents from courts in England and Wales. It can even be hard to find out when a trial is taking place. This makes monitoring how justice is done in the UK very difficult. Economic crime cases can take many months to come to trial, wasting precious public resources and undermining confidence in the enforcement bodies.

The announcement of a new economic crime court in the government’s Economic Crime Plan for 2019-2022 is a major opportunity to rethink how the court system in England and Wales deals with economic crime cases.

What does Spotlight on Corruption do?

  • We work to ensure that economic crime cases are subject to proper public scrutiny

  • We advocate for a comprehensive public database of court documents, that captures all judgements and sentencing remarks and key documents relating to a trial, and a more effective court listing system

  • We want to ensure that the new economic crime court means that economic trial cases are heard in a timely manner, and both criminal and civil law routes are used by law enforcement most effectively to complement each other

Our work builds on that done by Corruption Watch on open justice for economic crime cases.

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