Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Televise Courts to Let Public See Justice, Says DPP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Televise Courts to Let Public See Justice, Says DPP

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

CRIMINAL trials should be shown on TV to expose inefficiency and improve public understanding of the justice system, the Director of Public Prosecutions said today.

Keir Starmer believes that judges' closing comments and sentencing remarks should be shown initially and "there may be a case" for broadcasting the other parts of cases.

He said the move would boost the efficiency of courts by "shining a light' on proceedings and insisted that there should be a "presumption of openness" in future hearings.

Mr Starmer's call will increase pressure on the Government and the judiciary to approve the admission of cameras into courts. It will be welcomed by those who argue that the existing ban on TV cameras is outdated and out of step with the public demand for more information.

Critics, who claim that such a move will lead to sensationalist and onesided coverage of cases, will resist such a reform. …

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