Legal & Finance: Will Cameras in Court Mean the Fame Game Undermines Legal System

The Birmingham Post (England), August 19, 2005 | Go to article overview

Legal & Finance: Will Cameras in Court Mean the Fame Game Undermines Legal System


Byline: NIGEL WOOD

So our Lord Chancellor has decided to let the TV cameras into court - albeit on a limited basis - to be advised, of course.

I don't know about you but I think this will cause an almighty turn-off. Pitted against the fantasy of Ally McBeal, Judge Judy and now Boston Legal it seems to me that some of this country's charisma-challenged advocates may find it hard to live up to expectations. How will they deal with this new found avenue for celebrity? Will it cause them to shake the dust off the horse hair wig? Will the gown that's been worn for 35 years finally reach the dry cleaners? Will the linings of those Crombie suits get even snazzier? Will they feel the need to crack a joke or two, or even smile? And quite frankly, do we care?

What of the defendants? ? A perfect opportunity is it not for the average scally to "grandstand" to the media or make a political statement. Why not throw something, threaten violence or attempt to escape from the dock on live TV? This is the perfect opportunity to be famous for 15 minutes. Get yourself arrested and become a celebrity - after all it can't be any worse than appearing in Big Brother can it? …

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