Open Courts Bench Book

News Date: 
07/02/2019

We have rewritten our Open Courts Bench Book to make it shorter, clearer and easier to read.

The updated bench book now has:

  • clearer explanations of the relevant law; and
  • fewer sub-topics, so each page has more information.

These changes continue our program of making our bench books easier to read and navigate.


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