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Cameras film first UK appeal case in TV experiment

[JURIST] A British high court hearing became the first ordinary legal case to be filmed by TV cameras in the UK Tuesday. The court heard the appeal of former council leader Jim Speechley from a misconduct conviction. Footage from the appeal is being used by the Royal Courts of Justice for evaluation purposes, but will not be generally broadcast. The cameras focused on the lawyers in the case and then on the appeal judges. At present no British court proceedings are televised, with the exception of House of Lords rulings read out in Parliament's upper chamber. Britain's Department for Constitutional Affairs has a consultation paper [PDF] on court broadcasting. BBC News has more.

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