CRIMINALS appearing at Chester Crown Court could see their cases broadcast on television after Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced the ban on filming in law courts will be overturned.
Mr Clarke said broadcasters will be allowed to screen footage of judgments for the first time, as part of unprecedented plans to improve transparency and public understanding of the justice system.
He said: “The Government and judiciary are determined to improve transparency and public understanding of court through allowing court broadcasting. We believe television has a role in increasing public confidence in the justice system.”
Broadcasting will initially be allowed from the Court of Appeal, and Government will look to expand to crown courts later.
Filming will be of judges’ summary remarks only and victims, witnesses, offenders and jurors will not be filmed.
Filming and broadcasting in court is currently banned under two Acts of Parliament and new legislation will need to be passed.