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Cautious camera pilot for English courts

22 March 2016

British Minister of Justice Shailesh Vara has announced a pilot which will allow television cameras in Crown Courts in England and Wales.

The cameras will be able to film the sentencing remarks of nominated senior judges in eight courts across England and Wales as part of a not-for-broadcast pilot.

The three-month pilot will take place in the Central Criminal Court, and in the Crown Court at Southwark, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds and Cardiff.

Safeguards will be put in place to make sure victims continue to be supported and the administration of justice is not affected.

The cameras will film only the judge. the filming of all other court users, including staff, victims, witnesses, defendants and advocates, will remain prohibited.

New Zealand's In-Court Media Coverage Guidelines 2016 set down guidelines for the filming or recording of all proceedings in courts and statutory tribunals.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019