This site was developed to support the Government 2.0 Taskforce, which operated from June to December 2009. The Government responded to the Government 2.0 Taskforce's report on 3 May 2010. As such, comments are now closed but you are encouraged to continue the conversation at agimo.govspace.gov.au.

Richard Goodwin

Submission Text:

The justice system could benefit greatly from government web 2.0. For instance, much public debate is triggered around the penalties imposed by courts. Most of us have little idea what goes on in a criminal trial and few of us can put ourselves in the shoes of a jury member, magistrate or judge by attending court in a given case. Respect for the justice system can be fragile at times. We have seen this in Western Australia over a series of wrongful convictions and controversial sentencing. We have a progressive chief justice in this state, keen to advance transparency. Using webcast technology to open up trials (or at least sentencing remarks and decisions) should be a national priority. After all, it is the natural extension of conducting court proceedings in public (as is mostly the case).

Richard Goodwin

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