It’s official, live televised broadcastings of civil and criminal court cases are becoming a very real possibility in the UK, after receiving final approval in the House of Commons, late last night.
Following in the footsteps of countries like The United States which already televises some of its trials, the Gov website tells us that, “from next month, broadcasting will be allowed for criminal and civil cases in the Court of Appeal, where filming will be allowed of the legal arguments and the final judgment”.
The measures stem from the newly enacted Crime and Courts Act 2013, which sets out conditions for lifting the ban on filming and broadcasting from court.
It will be interesting to see if a body of research in the next few years evolves out of this phenomenon, to test whether or not broadcasting of cases do in fact aid the integrity of the process. That’s one body of research we’d like to do ourselves.