Consultation on cameras in court

The Review Group chaired by Lady Dorrian has launched a consultation document seeking views on the current policy on recording and broadcasting proceedings in court.

It has been more than 20 years since Lord President Hope issued guidance on the subject and, whilst that guidance has worked well, the use of a case-by-case approach to consider requests for filming required to be revisited. The review was announced by Lord President Gill in October 2012.

The review remit was extended to include an examination of the position in relation to the use of live, text-based communications from court.

The review was carried out in the context of the importance of the principle of open justice and that its facilitation through media sources should not pose an unacceptable risk to the administration of justice.

The Consultation Paper has been drafted and issued by the Judicial Office for Scotland on behalf of the review group, in order to elicit a broad range of views before recommendations are made to the Lord President.

The Consultation Paper sets out the principles involved and working definitions on which the review group have proceeded and has examined the existing position and experience in Scotland as well as in other jurisdictions.
It concludes with an analysis of the issues involved in allowing different modes of media in the courts. 

Cameras and live text-based communication in the Scottish courts: a consultation

Response form (word doc)

Responses should be submitted to:
Media Review Responses
Judicial Office for Scotland
-3/R11 Parliament House
The consultation closes on 31 January 2014.