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UK starts consultations process on cameras in court

[JURIST] Britain's Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) opened a public consultation Monday on whether court proceedings in England and Wales should be broadcast. Additionally, a five-week trial installation of cameras will begin Tuesday in the Court of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where criminal appeals and civil cases will be filmed, but not broadcast. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, has argued that justice is better served when it is seen to be done, but has expressed concern about televising criminal trials due to the need to protect "victims, witnesses, jurors and the justice process in general." Read the DCA's consultation paper [PDF] on court broadcasting. The DCA has additional resources, including an on-line questionnaire and on-line discussion forum. JURIST's Paper Chase has a background report. BBC News has more.

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