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Cameras to be allowed in UK appeal courts

[JURIST] An announcement allowing limited use of cameras in the UK Court of Appeal is expected shortly, according to an article in the Sunday Times. The decision to televise appellate proceedings comes after a six week pilot program [JURIST report] and a government consultation paper on court broadcasting. The appeal of a former city council leader from a misconduct conviction made legal history in 2004 as the first case in the UK to be filmed by TV cameras [BBC report]. Although the appeal was not televised, the footage was used for evaluation purposes. Supporters contend that televised proceedings will demystify the judicial system, while opponents fear sensationalism of proceedings and disruption of court work. In an effort to avoid problems which have developed in the United States, broadcast of UK trial proceedings will remain prohibited. The Sunday Times has more.

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