Losing blind justice

19 Feb 2020

Troubling news emerged recently when draft legislation was laid following a three-month pilot that saw not-for-broadcast sentencing remarks filmed in eight crown courts.

The new laws, part of the Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020, mean that in addition to current rules allowing proceedings to be broadcast in certain Court of Appeal cases, filming will now be permitted in the Crown Court.

As we know, cameras are allowed in the Supreme Court but the court itself undertakes that exercise. Under the most recent rules, criminal courts (including the much-revered Old Bailey) will be the setting for the latest series of reality TV – one in which the public can pore over judges’ sentencing remarks; how t...

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