Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Modern Scottish Justice

How Lord Monboddo (pictured), a Scottish judge in the Court of Session in the 1760s, would appreciate his successors attempt to become 'user friendly' is anyone's guess, however he may have pondered about their reasoning.

Regardless of their reasons for the move to take the finer points of the Scottish justice system online, the new, well designed website Judiciary of Scotland, is rather user friendly in comparison with government sites which can have you endlessly clicking on links which go nowhere.

I wrote this post last night for publication this morning and now notice that LPW has, in his usual inimitable style, opined his view on this surprising move - surprising because the judiciary is regarded as a part of Scottish life in which time has stood still for decades. I leave you in the capable hands of Lallands Peat Worrier for the highs and lows of our law lords' entrance into the digital world, while I ponder at their reasoning.  There's something unsettling about a system which has insisted upon locking and bolting its doors for so long but now suddenly decided to throw them open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


JRB said...

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
… cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

Has a small, but penetrating, beam of light forced its way through a chink in the ancient shutters which for years have partitioned and protected the judiciary from the likes of thee and me?

subrosa said...

Morning John. I was hoping you may enlighten me. Seems odd they've jumped from the 19th century to the 21st in one move. Money must be involved somewhere.

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