More Courts on Camera Under Government Plan

If for the future a government scheme goes as planned sentencing in Crown court in England and Wales could be televised.

More and more people recently argue whether or not court proceedings should be broadcasted.

As a step towards improving the transparency in courts from October, broadcasters will be allowed to film the Court of Appeal. Many legal documents will be required for each party, however we hope it is worth it

Justice Minister Damian Green announced that if this happened Crown court would also permit recording of its sentencing. He said this step was expected to improve transparency due to which public confidence in the criminal justice system would also increase.

“We are working with broadcasters to ensure that any costs from broadcasting are not met from the public purse. Subject to passage through Parliament we intend to allow broadcasting from the Court of Appeal from October 2013, with a view to extending this to sentencing decisions in the Crown court in due course,”.

Crown courts are those who deal with serious criminal cases. The sentence is decided by a 12-person jury and a judge. Filming is already allowed in the Supreme court and is used as the final means for such people who wish to appeal their cases.What is expected to happen later this year is the allowance of filming the process of lawyers’ arguments and judges’ decisions.  This filming of court proceedings is nothing new to Scotland as it was allowed many years ago. Everyone who wishes to record a certain case could bring cameras into Scottish court ever since 1992.

Despite this, Scotland have to change many things as the most senior Scottish judge announced that modern technologies required a review of the filming policy.


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