Article in The Sunday Times

Statement issued by the Judicial Office for Scotland on behalf of the Lord President and Lord Justice General.

On the 12 June 2011 The Sunday Times carried an article entitled ‘TV cameras to go into courts’ based on an interview given by the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC.

While the Lord President has given agreement in principle to Windfall Films to film High Court trials, this is subject to a number of agreed conditions and the requisite permissions being secured.   However, the final decision on whether or not cameras will be allowed to film proceedings rests with the presiding judge who is ultimately responsible for ensuring that there is no threat to the administration of justice.

“The article in The Sunday Times gave the impression that it was a matter for the Lord Advocate whether proceedings in criminal courts were filmed.  That is quite wrong. Judges have overall responsibility for ensuring how court proceedings are managed.  It is for them, and them alone, to decide what will be permitted in their court and that includes any decision to allow cameras to film proceedings”.    The Rt Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President and Lord Justice General

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