Justice must be televised is how the Guardian put it – already on 5 December 2010.
The user survey points at 67% for TV and 33% against.
Cameras in court- Murder, she watched
Supporters of reform say openness should be a democratic presumption, and that cameras in court will improve confidence in the legal system. Sceptics point out that due process requires discretion. Juries should be sheltered from political or sensationalised scrutiny, they say. Cameras might make witnesses cagey, or unduly humiliate defendants.
A study in America found that, on the contrary, witnesses are franker when being filmed. And American judges and lawyers deny (not always plausibly) that they act up for the camera. For the moment, limiting the footage to judges would avoid the thorniest problems. The robed and bewigged lords of the bench may soon be more of a media fixture than the rough courtroom sketch.
- Riots: Sky Wants Judges’ Remarks Televised (news.sky.com)