Ruling will help court reporters

A Court of Appeal judgment will help court reporters by allowing them to see the skeleton arguments produced by counsel in complicated cases.

The judgment, by Lord Justice Judge in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, means court reporters should generally be able to see, on request, the written skeleton arguments produced by counsel for appellants and the Crown, where these have been treated as part of the formal oral arguments in open court, although not read out for reasons of time.

Skeleton arguments are usually produced to help the court identify and focus on essential issues. The new judgment should help court reporters in cases where it might otherwise be difficult for them to follow the oral arguments and produce fair and accurate reports.

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