This week (starting June 3) we have reported on a wide range of court cases and seen a number of people jailed – from paedophiles to international drug smugglers to bogus charity collectors.
Bristol Live covers these cases because open justice is a legal principle which is a cornerstone of the common law and is vital to democracy.
Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice, as well as deterring people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.
So here are the people we have seen jailed this week.
A pensioner who molested three children has been jailed.
Edwin Hambley showed pornographic films and magazines to two of the children and encouraged them into sexual activity.
He also groped one of them, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Hambley, 83, of St Michael’s Way in Weston-super-Mare,