February 2014

Cameras in courts

The Society responded to the consultation issued by the Judicial Office for Scotland on proposals to introduce cameras in Scottish court rooms. The Society is supportive of the filming of legal debates in civil first instance, civil appeals and criminal appeals, either for the purpose of a documentary programme, a news broadcast or a live transmission. The Society is concerned however about the filming of criminal proceedings at the first instance for documentary purposes; the Society considers there could be a risk to the administration of justice in criminal proceedings, which may be the subject of appeal or further trial or a retrial.

More details on the consultation paper and the committee's response can be found here.