TV cameras set to start broadcasting from inside UK courts imminently

Television cameras could start broadcasting from hearings in the Court of Appeal from within the next week.

Changes to legislation which allow limited filming inside the Court of Appeal are being enacted and the launch of the new court broadcasting service is now imminent.

The BBC, Sky News, ITN and PA have joined forces to pay for a pooled news service broadcasting proceedings from the Court of Appeal.  No witnesses will be filmed, but reporter Matt Nicholls will be able to film judges' comments and legal argument via a control box and four remote-control cameras.

All reports will be pooled and made available to the three broadcasters as well as PA subscribers.

The Government may then  extend filming to allow the broadcast of sentencing remarks in the Crown Court.

However, victims, witnesses, offenders and jurors will continue to be protected, and will not be part of broadcasts.

Courts minister Helen Grant said last month: "Justice must be seen to be done, that is why we are introducing limited television broadcasting in courts from next month.

"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."

Proceedings in the country's highest court, the Supreme Court, are already streamed live on the internet.

 

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