UK Courts to go the US way

From October onwards, cameras will broadcast cases from England’s Court of Appeal has been approved by the House of Commons. The proposal will now be debated in the House of Lords prior to coming into effect in October.

The positive move

The UK Supreme Court proceedings are already streamed live on the Internet since 2011. The Royal Courts of JusticeFilming inside has been banned under Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 and Section 9 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

The cost of filming in court will be covered by media organisations.

Courts Minister Helen Grant said, “ Justice must be seen to be done, that is why we are introducing limited television broadcasting in courts from next month.”

The limitations

Victims, witnesses, jurors and defendants will not be filmed.

“We are opening up the court process to allow people to see and hear the judges’ decisions in their own words, but we will also ensure that victims and witnesses will not be filmed and will remain protected,” added Grant

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