English and Welsh crown courts will start allowing in the TV cameras soon, if the new Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 proceeds through parliament this week as expected.
It’s quite a small start, though, as the current idea is to allow news organisations to apply to broadcast from inside your everyday crown courts, but instead of watching entire trials we’ll only be shown the sentencing remarks part at the end, when senior judges get all serious and put on their special hair to deliver a verdict. That could be shown live, though, if an exciting case is reaching its conclusion, like a murder, or someone off the telly in the 1970s who has fallen from grace and been exposed for yielding to the temptations of the studio audience.
The Court of Appeal and Supreme Court already allow some filming, but they’re for high-class, business-end suited crimes and boring things about copyright and planning permission. This change will let us see the common man getting done in the criminal courts for all his petty temptations, with justice secretary and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland saying: “It’s all about opening up and helping to explain sometimes very complex sentencing decisions.” [Sky News]
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