Court filming rules make mockery of Salford campaign

by Aran Burton
Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has announced that filming restrictions in court cases are to be lifted.
Initially, filming will only be possible in the Court of Appeal in London, but this will eventually be extended to crown courts across England and Wales.

New legislation will have to be put in place to lift the current ban. Consultation with judges is also taking place to establish guidelines for filming.

The news comes weeks after political firebrand Norman Scarth, 85, was jailed for six months for audio recording his friend’s court case. He is currently incarcerated in a category B prison in Leeds.

The case caused some degree of controversy and sparked a local campaign: Free Norman Scarth (see link below).

Chris Jarvis, representing Mr Scarth, said of the new legislation: “This is an opportunity for the judiciary to restore a bit of faith.

“Everyone is entitled to a public trial, by law. With cameras, you’ve got transparency. I one hundred per cent believe that transparency works.”

Mr Jarvis noted that the campaigners would use the proposed new legislation to argue for Norman’s release.

He also commented on how quickly events have changed since Mr Scarth’s imprisonment in July: “One moment there’s contempt of court, the next minute, TV cameras!”

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One Response to Court filming rules make mockery of Salford campaign

  1. Not being that familiar with civil law– Can a judge/magistrate be censured by a higher court in a disciplinary manner with regards to malevolent prosecution?—-wrongful imprisonment? Can a civil case against the offender(s) be brought forth? …Or is there the “Black Wall of Silence?”…This situation reeks of subjective subjugation & not with the impartiality promulgated by the overseers of statute or admiralty law.There must be some avenue of recourse to right a wrong perpetrated by a member(s) via abuse of power, given to him by Her Majesty.I`m not talking about ‘milking’ the tax payers but rather, holding one entrusted to ‘uphold’ the law -‘accountable’ to the law. Does such …exist?

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