Sleuth (Round 6)

United Kingdom Project type: prototype Açormedia, SA, Global Notícias-Media Group S.A.


To both support the local news ecosystem and advance the principles of open justice, we will develop a bespoke piece of customisable software that will digitise and crawl through traditional court lists with the aim of surfacing and reporting on stories that would otherwise go uncovered.

The solution

The decline in court reporting is a threat to the democratic principle of open justice. A lack of resources mean news organisations have scarce time to look through court lists in advance and spot public interest cases that deserve coverage. Our proposed software would do the job for them, scouring otherwise unread lists and finding - through programmable keyword searches - cases to send reporters to. If successful, Sleuth would be a vital newsroom tool that allows for better allocation of resources while ensuring that justice is not only done but seen to be done as well.