Lord Neuberger: No Judgment – No Justice

Lord Neuberger, the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, discussed in the course of a lecture the importance of clearly written judgments:

A second small change worth considering would be for more judges to give better guidance to the structure and contents of their longer Judgments. Some judges already provide a clear framework, sometimes with a table of contents, a roadmap, at the beginning, and often with appropriate headings, signposts, throughout the Judgment. Kimble‟s study confirms that this is not just a good discipline but it is what the legal professional readers want, and, if it is what lawyers want, it is a fortiori what nonlawyers will want. A clear structure aids accessibility.

Lord Neuberger
Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom [No Judgment – No Justice, First Annual British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) Lecture (20 November 2012)