ABSTRACT

In the news release announcing the launch of the YouTube initiative, Lord Neuberger, then President of the Court, is quoted as saying: ‘We hope this new service will open up another window on our work and the reasoning behind our decisions, and broaden our audience’. The nature of ‘on demand’ is a theme Lord Neuberger returned to when announcing that the court’s website would begin to provide recordings of the courtroom proceedings and be another platform where the most recent Judgment Summary Video (JSV) could be viewed. This chapter examines what the judicial visibility associated with this particular ‘transparency project’ looks like, what it shows and what it conceals. While the legal issues addressed in the judgments in the dataset were not among the criteria used to select the JSVs, the legal issues represented in the sample are diverse.