Master of the rolls to judges: keep your judgments simple – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2011 in judgments, judiciary, news by sally

“Judges should avoid making judgments that are ‘readable by few, comprehendible by fewer still’, said Lord Neuberger in a speech on open justice last week. With a nod to Gilbert and Sullivan’s accessible opera he offered Lord Atkin’s decision in Donoghue v Stevenson as ‘a very model of a modern major judgment’. The case, decided by the House of Lords in 1932, features a decomposed snail in a bottle of ginger beer and is known to every lawyer in the land: it sets out, in clear terms, the scope of the law of negligence.”

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2011