On 31 October 2013 the excitement in the litigation team here at EHL was at an all time high with the first television broadcast of a hearing being conducted in the Court of Appeal.
Filming followed a partial lifting of the long-standing ban on cameras in court. Defendants, witnesses and victims will not be shown but we will be able to see the lawyers making their submissions and the Judge making comments on the case.
It will be interesting to see whether people’s opinions in respect of the leniency of sentencing or concerns over the court process will change.
It is understood there will be a 70 second delay before the case is broadcast to enable the Judge to signal whether a section of the case should be removed from the broadcast.
Simon Bucks, associate editor at Sky News said:
“This is the culmination of a 10 year plus campaign … I hope this is just the beginning.
Once we have shown that you can do this well and responsibly, the next thing will be sentencing remarks in criminal trials, which was what the government originally said in 2011. But the judges said they wanted to do this first.
It will allow people to understand what is in the minds of judges. Often people complain that the sentence is too lenient and for people to understand the rationale would have a great impact. There are people who say this is going to be very dry but there are incredibly important and interesting cases that come before the court of appeal.”
We are sure you will all be as eager to watch cases as we are. It will be an opportunity for you to see what exciting jobs we have!
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