Keep it short


The Master of the Rolls made a plea to the judiciary to write shorter judgments where appropriate.

Sitting in the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Rafferty acceded to his request and delivered a new short form judgment, which was just 24 paragraphs long and under 1,200 words.

In the immigration case, BS (Congo) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 53, Rafferty said: ‘This is a short form judgment which, with the encouragement of Sir Terence Etherton, judges of the Court of Appeal may in future use for appellate decisions in appropriate cases.

‘This appeal raises no issue of law, precedent or other matters of general significance.’

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