Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man Courts review public access to information

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Image caption The Isle of Man courts do not currently publish court lists online

The Manx judicial system is currently reviewing its policy on providing public access to court information.

The possibility of issuing more information online was discussed in the House of Keys following a question from Onchan MHK Peter Karran.

Mr Karran asked the Treasury Minister to liaise with the Chief Registrar about bringing the Manx system into line with the United Kingdom.

Mrs Anne Craine said the courts were looking into improving public access.

She added: "There isn't an integrated court management system in place at the moment but work is currently being undertaken to make court business accessible online.

"Accessibility must be balanced with confidentiality and financial constraints. We must remember though that financial constraints are a very real issue."

Currently court lists for the Manx courts are not published online and only some cases are made available to the public by the courts after completion.

Mr Karran expressed concern that a lack of government resources would be used as an excuse not to improve public access to court information.

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