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England and Wales to allow TV cameras during court proceedings

Spotlight International News Desk

TV cameras will now be allowed to film court proceedings in England and Wales and the positive development will be the first in the judiciary history.

This came as a result of the latest legislation before Parliament will now see judges’ sentencing remarks in serious high-profile criminal cases to be lively programmed across various medias the likes of broadcast and online audiances.

The new form of legislation will not accommodate the broadcast of trials as they are in countries such as the US as only the judge will be filmed.

It has been speculated that different sectors within the government have welcomed the move.

The legislation will, for the first time, allow TV cameras to film judges passing sentence in murder, sexual offences, terrorism and other serious high-profile criminal cases in Crown Courts in England and Wales, including the Old Bailey.

It marks a radical change and a significant extension to the operation of open justice though whole trials will not be televised.
In the US, cases including the 1995 trial of OJ Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman made gripping television but faced criticism for providing an unedifying spectacle at times.

In England and Wales, the concern has always been that televising trials could deter victims, witnesses and jurors – the vital cogs in the trial process – from taking part.

Tendai Guvamombe