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TV cameras allowed in criminal courts

From today, TV cameras are being allowed into criminal trials to show them to the public for the very first time.  This is a landmark moment, following on from a new law passed in 2020, which allows the more serious criminal cases in the Crown Court to be filmed.  As things stand, the publicised coverage will only show the sentencing in each case.  That means that viewers will get to see inside the courtroom of each trial shown on air for around 30 minutes.  All the cameras will be fixed on the judge, with no view of the Defendant, the victims, the jurors, the lawyers or the witnesses so as to protect their privacy.  They will show the judge handing down the sentence and explaining the reasons for it, to help increase transparency and give the public a better understanding of how these decisions are reached.  There will be a ten second time delay, to ensure that violent or abusive reactions to the sentence will not be shown live on air.  Today’s very first landmark broadcast will cover the sentencing of Ben Oliver at the Old Bailey.  You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TcLSzDL2OY.  Mr Oliver admitted to manslaughter after stabbing his elderly grandfather to death in south London.  The sentencing remarks of any case recorded will be hosted by Sky News on a dedicated YouTube channel.  Sky, the BBC, ITN and Press Association are able to apply to film and broadcast sentencing remarks in any Crown Court case now, with the presiding judge in any given case deciding whether to grant their request or not.

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