The lack of coverage of magistrate and crown courts throughout the UK is creating a serious threat to open justice.
That is the view of the Society of Editors and is backed by leading members of the judiciary, politicians at a senior level, and media industry observers.
It is against this background that the Society launched its Crisis in our Courts campaign in January 2018 with the aim of seeking ways to increase coverage of magistrate and crown courts.
The campaign was launched at a seminar held at the offices of the Telegraph in London in January 2018 attended by journalists, academics, industry leaders, politicians and members of the judiciary and Ministry of Justice.
The campaign has continued with meetings held with the Justice Minister the RFt Hon Lucy Frazer, MP, and senior ministry figures at HM Courts and Tribunals service.
The aim of the campaign is to increase coverage of courts at a local level and also to streamline and make available more information from the courts for use by journalists and the public.