Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cameras in Federal District Courts

The federal courts are beginning an experiment to have some trial court proceedings videorecorded and made public. The Western District of Washington is one of the fourteen districts in the pilot project. See Courts Selected for Federal Cameras in Court Pilot Study, U.S. Courts, June 8, 2011; Restrictive Rules Announced for Federal Courts Camera Experiment, The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, June 8, 2011.

Update (June 10): One commentator rues the restrictions in the experiment (e.g., recording of only civil cases, and only cases where the parties consent): Sean Doherty, No Fly-on-the-Wall Effect From Cameras in U.S. District Courts, Law Technology News, June 10, 2011.

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