UK Lord Chancellor to propose limited televising of court proceedings

[JURIST] Certain portions of British courtroom proceedings could be televised in the near future, according to the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) [official website], which is preparing to outline a proposal in a consultation paper to be released in the next few weeks. Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile], the minister heading the Department, has indicated that witnesses, victims, and suspects will not be televised, unlike in the US, where television crews are often allowed to broadcast entire trials. Even if legislation is brought forward to implement the proposal, however, actual televising of cases would not likely take place until 2009.

The DCA first held consultations [JURIST report] in 2004 on whether court proceedings in England and Wales should be broadcast, which included a six-week pilot program [JURIST report]. The Telegraph has more.



 

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