Monday, July 11, 2005
The United Kingdom's Department for Constitutional Affairs has released its Post Consultation Survey on cameras in the courtroom. Photographic equipment has been banned from UK courtrooms since 1925. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, announced he had not made a decision on whether to allow cameras in any courtroom. Most proponents of courtroom cameras thought that justice should be seen to be done, and that broadcasting, whether over the airwaves or via the Internet, would assist in this enterprise. Opponents thought that the right to a fair trial would be infringed. In between were those who thought that some proceedings in open court, or in some types of courts, such as the Courts of Appeal, might be broadcast, but others should not. The paper is available here.